31 October, 2020

With No Beds Available, Covid Patients Being Turned Away From Hospitals In Bengaluru

The previous weekend, three-fourths of Bengaluru's 1,041 Covid-dedicated hospital beds and 1,799 Covid-care centre beds were occupied.

A robot to monitor Covid patients is tested in Bangalore
Photograph by PTI
With No Beds Available, Covid Patients Being Turned Away From Hospitals In Bengaluru
outlookindia.com
2020-07-21T15:27:07+05:30

One of India’s biggest COVID-19 care centres opened in Bangalore last week even as the city entered its second lockdown. Cases have been spiraling in the tech capital since mid-June and, with government facilities at full capacity, there’s been a scramble to marshal private hospital beds. The previous weekend, three-fourths of the city’s 1,041 Covid-dedicated hospital beds and 1,799 Covid-care centre beds were occupied. Amidst this, there were accounts of patients being turned away from hospitals because beds weren’t available.

Climbing from far down the Covid ranking of states, Karnataka is now placed at number five—the state’s case numbers are heavily skewed by Bangalore city whose daily tally was hovering around 1,500 at the start of the week. The city’s early gains, especially in efficient contact-tracing, have now been stretched thin because of the rising caseload.

Covid care centres are for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases—these are meant to relieve the pressure on hospitals. The new facility in Bangalore...

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