March 22, 2023

covid: Covid hospitalisation across country sees sharp rise, but most cases mild | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The wail of ambulance sirens is getting a little frequent. Hospital emergency rooms are getting busier, and buzzier. The rush is almost inevitable as cities like Chennai, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi are registering a rapid rise in coronavirus infections and a spike in hospital admissions lately. But most cases are mild and only a few needed ventilator or oxygen support.
Chennai registered a more than three-fold increase in the number of patients in hospitals: 1,754 patients on January 3, compared to 507 on December 3. On January 4, the inpatient tally rose to 1,931. With this, nearly 14% of total beds in Tamil Nadu were occupied as against 4% a month ago. Besides, more than one-fifth of the oxygen beds in the state were taken, compared to 6% a month ago.


In Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, the Delhi government’s biggest pandemic hospital, there were 10 Covid patients in November-end. It has reached 70 now. The government has asked all hospitals and nursing homes having over 50 beds to reserve 40% of them for Covid cases, as was done during the second wave.
In Mumbai, 834 hospitalisations were recorded on Tuesday, up from 574 on Monday and 503 on Sunday. Compared to average daily hospitalisations seen about five days ago, the jump is almost 68%. Civic authorities said of Mumbai’s 35,000 hospital beds, about 15% was currently taken.

Dr Neelam Andrade, dean of Nesco jumbo hospital in Goregaon, said there have been more than 150-170 admissions daily. “But, oxygen usage has not gone up significantly,” she said.
Pune has recorded a slight increase in hospital admissions. “About 10% increase has been registered in our hospital over the past two weeks. Most of them are moderately ill,” said Noble Hospital’s infectious disease expert Dr Ameet Dravid.

Ahmedabad, the epicentre of the latest outbreak in Gujarat, has recorded a 10-fold increase in hospital occupancy over the past 12 days. On December 23, the private-run hospitals in the city had seven Covid patients. On January 4, the number increased to 73. State-run hospitals have 19 patients.
In Kolkata, patients requiring oxygen therapy remained low. Across Bengal, the Covid bed occupancy is 2.6%.
In Madhya Pradesh, hospital admission has soared from 86 on December 4 to 160 on January 4, but only a handful needed oxygen support. Chhattisgarh has 1,942 active cases, 465 in hospital. In poll-bound UP, nine of 287 hospitalised patients are in intensive care.
Poll-bound Punjab has recorded a case upsurge, but hospitalisation has been low. Health department data showed less than 3% of 9,597 oxygen beds occupied by January 4. In Chandigarh, of its 279 Covid beds with oxygen facility, only 25 were occupied on Tuesday.
In Haryana, 5% beds were taken. In Rajasthan, health officials said only 23 patients were undergoing treatment at the state’s biggest Covid hospital. In Karnataka, 371 were admitted to private hospitals and 71 to government facilities in Bengaluru in the past 15 days. In Kerala, of 2,459 available ventilators, 1,479 remain unused (60.1%). And of the 7,451 ICU beds, 3,734 are unused (50.1%) currently.

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