The intensive care units (ICU) in Mumbai, the city hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic, are operating at 99% and 94% of the city’s ventilators are currently in operation, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday.
As of June 11, Mumbai had 1,181 beds in intensive care units across the city. Of these, 1,167 were occupied, leaving only 14 beds for new patients. 497 of the 530 ventilators – a machine that takes over the body’s respiratory process when the lungs are failing – are used, according to the BMC, as are 3,986 (or 76%) of the 5,260 oxygen beds available.
Throughout the city, there are 10,450 additional beds in COVID dedicated hospitals (DCH) and COVID dedicated health centers (DCHC) to treat patients classified as “moderately ill” or “seriously ill”. Of this number, 9,098 beds (or 87%) are occupied.
Active of the day # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE positive cases in @mybmc are 28163 and the total number of released cases is 25152. And here is the COVID19 status of Mumbai from yesterday 11 June. The doubling rate is now 25 days and the average daily growth rate has fallen to 2.76%. pic.twitter.com/wLYJUJtVql
– Ashwini Bhide (@AshwiniBhide) June 12, 2020
The country’s financial capital, Mumbai, has so far reported more than 55,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,044 deaths; As of Friday evening, 1,366 new infections and 90 deaths were confirmed over a 24-hour period.
On Tuesday, the city crossed the 51,000 mark to exceed the figures reported by the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the COVID-19 pandemic started in December last year.
As the number of cases continues to increase – the doubling rate in Mumbai is 25 days – officials have expressed concern over the pressure on already stressed medical facilities.
According to government officials, hospitals in Mumbai have been instructed to comply with admission and discharge directives and to admit only severely symptomatic patients. However, BMC officials said the number of available beds would increase.
Ashwini Bhide, BMC’s Additional City Commissioner, tweeted, “The medical infrastructure is also being expanded. It has already been (been) increased in the past two months and additional planning and implementation is also underway. In progress”.
The increase in the number of cases, in Mumbai and Maharashtra (1.01 lakh cases, 3,717 deaths), comes as the state is taking prudent measures to facilitate the blocking of the coronavirus. It has allowed all government offices to operate with 15% of employees, while private offices can work with 10% of staff.
Self-employed workers, such as plumbers and electricians, have also been allowed to return to work, provided they meet mandatory social standards for safety and remoteness.
However, the state has yet to open religious places, malls, hotels, and restaurants, which have all started operating in other parts of the country.
India now has more than three lakh of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 8,884 virus-related deaths. It is the fourth most affected country, with only the United States (20.5 lakh cases), Brazil (8.29 lakh cases) and Russia (5.11 lakh cases) reporting more infections.