Top court orders India’s government to present oxygen plan

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government, facing calls for a strict lockdown to slow a devastating surge in coronavirus infections, has been ordered by the Supreme Court to submit a plan to meet New Delhi hospitals’ oxygen needs within a day. The court decided against immediately punishing officials for failing to end a 2-week-old erratic supply of oxygen to overstretched hospitals. A massive wave of infections since April has pushed India’s health care system to the brink, with people begging for oxygen cylinders and hospital beds on social media and news channels. Bodies have been piling up at cremation grounds and in graveyards with relatives waiting for hours for last rites.