At the least seven individuals died at a hospital in Jordan on Saturday after it ran out of oxygen, in accordance with Jordanian information experiences, prompting an outcry within the kingdom, a go to to the hospital by King Abdullah II and the resignations of the nation’s well being minister and the hospital’s director.

Officers mentioned that the entire victims had been being handled for the coronavirus and that that they had died after an interruption of oxygen provide that lasted round an hour at a authorities hospital in Salt, northwest of Amman, the capital.

Many international locations the world over, together with Mexico, Nigeria and Egypt, have confronted oxygen provide shortages which have pushed up the virus loss of life toll. In Mexico, costs for oxygen have spiked, gross sales of oxygen tanks have thrived on the black market, and legal teams have stolen them from hospitals. In Egypt, a New York Instances investigation discovered that at the very least three sufferers had died of oxygen deprivation in a hospital that was working out of it earlier this 12 months.

Final month, greater than 500,000 individuals contaminated with the coronavirus had been in want of oxygen every single day, in accordance with the World Health Organization, which recognized as much as 20 low- and middle-income international locations that had been in pressing want of oxygen provides, together with Malawi, Nigeria and Afghanistan. However there have additionally been fears that the world’s oxygen provide could be unable to meet the needs of all of those that want it, which embody not solely Covid-19 sufferers but in addition these being handled for a lot of different illnesses.

In Jordan, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh mentioned on Saturday that the federal government bore full duty for the deaths on the Salt hospital, and that he had ordered an investigation, in accordance with Al-Mamlaka TV.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in entrance of the hospital to protest in opposition to the scarcity of oxygen, together with relations of victims, in accordance with information experiences and images, and a video circulating online confirmed the king, in navy fatigues, talking with what seemed to be an official on the hospital as equally clad members of his entourage held again a surging crowd.

Jordan, a rustic of 10 million individuals, has reported over 5,200 Covid-19 deaths, in accordance with a count by The Times. On Friday, it acquired a primary cargo of 144,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.