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Pune is the new COVID-19 hotspot; no ICU beds with ventilator

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Pune city has become a cause of concern. In fact, the city is now emerging as one of the major hotspots in not just Maharashtra but in India too.

The death of a young journalist due to the unavailability of ICU beds and ambulance has brought the harsh reality of the situation to the fore.

In fact, the city’s first COVID-19 jumbo facility was inaugurated at the College of Engineering a few weeks ago itself. But as , the facility does not have the necessary staff or adequate facilities to share the load. The facility, that’s being run by a private agency also said that it was only tasked with running up to 25 percent of the 800 bed jumbo care centre in this week. It was not prepared to function at 100 percent.

The government had also claimed that with the addition of the jumbo centres, the facilities in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will help bring down the case fatality rate of the district.

On Monday, with 1,931 new cases, Pune overtook Delhi to become the city with the maximum number of people infected with the novel coronavirus.

However, despite tall claims made by the government, Pandurang Raikar, a reporter with a Marathi news channel also failed to get a cardiac ambulance.

Speaking to the news channel, the deceased’s sister said that she lost her brother due to the unavailability of facilities.

“A centre worth crores has been set up but, but he could not get an ambulance.”

More shockingly, the number of patients in Pune district is inching towards the 2 lakh mark, whereas it also has the highest number of active cases.

Not even a single ICU ventilator bed was available for corona patients throughout the day in private hospitals on Tuesday. The dashboard also showed that all the hospital beds were occupied. – Pune Mirror

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