According to the committee’s findings, the deaths did not occur due to a lack of oxygen supply, he said.

A committee appointed to investigate the deaths of five COVID-19 patients in a single day earlier this week at a private hospital in the town of Thane, Maharashtra, found they had not died due to lack of oxygen, authorities said on May 1.

Relatives of the five deceased patients and others had alleged that they died at Vedant Hospital in Vartak Nagar on April 26 due to a lack of oxygen supply at the facility.

After their deaths, a committee headed by the commissioner of the Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC), Dr Pankaj Ashiya, was appointed to conduct a detailed investigation, which submitted a report to district collector Rajesh Narvekar on Friday, according to a official press release.

According to the committee’s findings, the deaths did not occur due to a lack of oxygen supply, he said.

The committee reviewed relevant documents related to the patient’s diagnosis and treatment, and recorded statements from relatives of the deceased, doctors and nurses as well as staff managing the oxygen supply and other patients treated at the inside the ICU, he added.

The committee concluded that the patients died from pneumonia and the severity of the COVID-19 infection and not due to some other factor, the statement said.

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