Are Delhi, Mumbai Running Out Of Hospital Beds For Covid-19 Patients? 

India's biggest economic hubs, Mumbai and New Delhi, also have the dubious distinction of being the country's Covid-19 hotspots, with the healthcare infrastructure struggling to cope with a surge in new cases in the first week of 'unlocking'.

With nearly 10,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count on Friday hit a new high — 2,26,770, getting closer to Italy’s latest tally of over 2.34 lakh.
As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India registered 9,851 more corona cases and 273 deaths in the past 24 hours, surging the total to 2,26,770, which includes 1,10,960 active cases.

India’s biggest economic hubs, Mumbai and New Delhi, also have the dubious distinction of being the country’s Covid-19 hotspots, with the healthcare infrastructure struggling to cope with a surge in new cases in the first week of ‘unlocking’.

In Mumbai, 90% of all critical-care Covid-19 beds are occupied, data shared by the civic authorities showed. Of the total bed capacity of 9,092 in dedicated units, 8,570 (94%) beds are occupied. Of the 1,097 ICU beds, 98% are occupied. And 378 patients are on ventilators, while the total ventilator capacity in India’s commercial hub is 442, reported The Economic Times .

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that there was no shortage of beds for Covid-19 patients in city hospitals.

“There are some misleading reports that there is a shortage of beds for Covid-19 patients in Delhi because a few private hospitals are refusing admissions. The truth is, there is absolutely no shortage of beds in Delhi at the moment,” he said.

According to  Satyendra Jain, there is no shortage: “The truth is that there is absolutely no shortage of beds in Delhi at the moment. In the last three days, more than 1000 patients have been admitted to various hospitals in Delhi. If beds were not available, this would have not been possible. Even now we have close to 5000 vacant beds.”

But the ground reality is different. Just like Mumbai, Delhi, too, has seen appeals for a hospital bed by several patients, who had to run around to find a bed.

Delhi recorded 1,330 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday while the number of deaths due to COVID-19 jumped to 708, authorities said. The highest spike in new cases – 1,513 – was recorded on June 3.

Delhi has reported 1278 cases every day at an average in the last seven days; in the seven days before that the city reported 723 new cases at an average; Mumbai, meanwhile, has been consistently averaging over 1300 new cases a day in the past two weeks.

This indicates that the strain on resources will certainly not abate in the coming weeks. On Friday night, Mumbai had 25768 active cases (46080 total cases) and Delhi 15,311 active cases (26,334 total cases).

In Mumbai, several patients have complained that the BMC helpline on the availability of beds does not work, causing patients to go from one hospital to another.And just like Mumbai, Delhi, too, has seen appeals for a hospital bed by several patients, who had to run around to find a bed. But official statistics in Delhi paint a different picture.

According to the official data, there are 8,505 dedicated Covid beds, of which 3,899 are occupied. Delhi has 285 dedicated Covid healthcare centres, of which 187 are occupied.
there have been stories of several people who could not get beds even in public hospitals in Mumbai.

As of June 4,ll state government hospitals in Mumbai had no ICU beds, whereas there were only 5 ICU beds in BMC hospitals and 12 in private hospitals, this for a population of close to 2 crors, reported The Economic Times

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