Despite surge, Covid bed occupancy in UT only 23% : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Naina Mishra

Chandigarh, January 13

Daily cases in Chandigarh continue to rise with Covid-19 beds in designated hospitals now at 23 per cent occupied. While there were 4,808 active cases in the city as of Wednesday, just 2 percent (109) were hospitalized and the remainder were in home isolation.

Chandigarh has 1,206 designated third wave Covid beds, of which 278 have been occupied by patients from Chandigarh and nearby states. During the second wave, bed occupancy had increased many-fold and the hospitalization rate had risen to 20 percent. Many patients had died due to a lack of Covid intensive care beds. Hospital occupancy was between 85 and 100 percent at any point when the number of active cases peaked at 5,000 in May last year.

The majority of patients are included in the PGI. Of the 190 patients admitted to the Covid ward, 85 belong to Chandigarh, followed by 50 patients from Punjab, 25 from Haryana and the rest from other states.

Up to 66 percent of patients were in the 13 to 40 age group, followed by 23 percent in the 41 to 60 age group. 18 patients were admitted to Covid-19 intensive care units and 13 to the pediatric Covid ward.

This time the death toll is low

The city has seen five deaths from Covid-19 this month, while there were 24 deaths from Covid in the first two weeks of April last year.

sufficient oxygen capacity

Peak medical oxygen demand is estimated at 49.5 MT in the third wave and the UT already has an installed oxygen production capacity of 53.8 MT. No hospital has yet raised concerns about oxygen requirements.

The hospitalization rate was 20% in the 2nd wave

During the second wave, the hospitalization rate was 20%. Many patients had died from a lack of beds in the intensive care unit. Hospital occupancy was between 85% and 100% at any point when the number of active cases peaked at 5,000 in May last year.

Covid is dynamic, no less careful: Purohit

Currently, the public perception is that the current wave of Covid infection is mild. The lesson of the past is that the Covid scenario is dynamic and constantly evolving. So we don’t have to lower our vigilance. — Banwarilal Purohit, UT Administrator

“We have to be careful”

We’re seeing a sharp increase in cases. So far, the cases have been largely asymptomatic. However, we have elderly people and people with comorbidities. We must be careful because a mild illness can affect them. – Dr. Suman Singh, DHS, UT

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