Empty beds: 300 critical Covid patients in state
Mumbai, which has dabbled with the highest caseload during the pandemic, had 28 critical patients on Sunday
Mumbai The number of critical Covid patients in the state has dropped considerably with about 300-odd patients currently admitted in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across Maharashtra.
Mumbai, which has dabbled with the highest caseload during the pandemic, had 28 critical patients on Sunday. Doctors said that the small number of patients who are critical include those who are seriously immunocompromised and those with incidental Covid.
Dr Rahul Pandit, the state’s Covid task force member and intensive care consultant at the Fortis Hospital, said that the overall viral activity has reduced across the state, which has automatically led to a drop in critical patients. “I have not had a single patient in the past five to six days, which is a first since the pandemic began in 2020,” said Pandit.
With 13,911 tests carried out in Mumbai in the past 24 hours, the daily Test Positivity Rate (TPR) stood at 0.31%. The city had 345 active cases and the rate of hospitalisation was 0.5%. Of the 44 new cases reported on Sunday, 40 or about 91% were asymptomatic.
Dr Abdul Samad Ansari, director of critical care services at the Nanavati Hospital, said that he did not have a single Covid patient under him in a week. “The hospital does have about two to three patients, but none admitted under me,” said Ansari adding that this has happened for the first time since the pandemic.
“Patients who have become critical in the recent weeks have serious comorbid conditions due to which they fail to mount any kind of immune response. These are mostly extrapulmonary manifestations of Covid. We also have a small number of incidental Covid, meaning patients who are coming with some other ailment or health emergency and then testing positive,” he said.
Doctors said that many ICUs have been vacant for the past two-three weeks. Mumbai has a total of 2,206 ICU beds and only 81 were occupied on Sunday.
The Surana Group of Hospitals, which has around 80 ICU beds in their facilities at Malad, Chembur, Navi Mumbai and Thane, have not admitted a single Covid patient in the past three weeks. “The ICUs in all our four facilities have been vacant,” said Dr Prince Surana, chief executive of Mumbai’s Surana Group of Hospitals.