February 1, 2023

Occupancy of ICU beds in Kerala rises by 15% in a day, oxygen beds by 20% | India News – Times of India

With surge in daily Covid cases, Kerala has seen a 15% increase in ICU bed occupancy and 20% increase in oxygen-bed occupancy within a day. As the coronavirus infection fuels daily record infection rates in the state, public health experts fear that the most vulnerable this time are senior citizens and those with comorbidities, who were protected during the first and second waves. “If the denominator is very large, even a mild variant can cause serious issues. Already, there are some indications for it. Hospital admissions and demand for ICU and oxygen has increased within a day,” said Anish TS, associate professor of community medicine at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
Meanwhile, the government secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram reported a big outbreak of the illness. Six staff members, including the political secretary, have tested positive in the CM’s office while restrictions have been imposed in the forest, devaswom and health ministers’ offices after many personal staff members were infected. Nearly 80 employees have also tested positive. Education minister V Sivankutty has tested positive for the second time and has been hospitalised.

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