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Mumbai hospitals record increased admissions as COVID-19 cases surge rapidly

The rate of hospitalisation in Mumbai has spiked by 15%

Amid the rising scale of daily coronavirus cases in Mumbai, city hospitals have witnessed about a 15% spike in admissions in the past 4 days. According to the health bulletin, the city has logged in a progressive case surge in the said period, from 497 cases on Friday to 574 infections in the last 24 hours. In consequence, the Mumbai Health Force has now taken up to equip the medical infrastructure to the emergent needs, by installing new COVID beds and wards across all civic-run and private centres across.

COVID-19 bed status in Mumbai hospitals

All civic-run jumbo and field hospitals in Mumbai has undertaken the task of stationing more beds at the facilities. In wake of the COVID need, several private hospitals too have started to reconvert their non-COVID wards into dedicated units and open up more amenities for the rapidly rising patient load.

As per the BMC's dashboard, around 12.2% of the 30,565 COVID beds in the city are already occupied. The public sector on the other hand has only 5,192 of which 16% has already occupied. Since Mumbai has already been charting a massive infection spike for the past week, experts suggest that the number of hospitalisation is further expected to rise typically in the second and third weeks.

Mumbai hospitals have also logged in an increased ICU admission in the past few days, showing that the new infection wave is yet again affecting the host's oxygen saturation levels. Around 14% of the 2,720 ICU beds are filled in the city. While people are requiring oxygen support, nobody is on a mechanical ventilator, informed officials. It may be noted that a major percentage of these ICU admissions are either unvaccinated or those with multiple comorbidities.

Boosting medical provisions ahead of expected peak

All authorities have started to restructure the medical provisions, activating new beds, ventilators, ICUs and even wards to prevent any resource crunch during the peak, expected soon. All private, civic-run and government hospitals, health centres and COVID care centres are being reactivated in Mumbai, added reports.

In the last 24 hours, around 8,082 fresh COVID cases were reported in Mumbai, pushing the total tally over the 8 lakh mark. Active caseload presently stands at 37,274. It may be noted here that Mumbai Mayor has reportedly said a lockdown will be clamped here if the daily case surge tops over the 20,000 count.

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