The total number of Covid-19 cases in India has now crossed the 5 million mark. In Mumbai, the number is now over 175,000 with over 8,200 deaths. The hospital beds in the city, particularly in intensive care units, seem to be under much greater pressure than they were until a few weeks ago. Why is this happening? How is the administration responding to this?
We speak with Gautam Bhansali, a specialist in general medicine and infectious diseases at Bombay Hospital in south Mumbai. He is also the chief coordinator between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the civic body, and the private hospitals in the city for managing the beds.
Excerpts from the interview:
Why is it that after a few months, we are suddenly seeing a sudden pressure on hospital beds, including intensive care units?
We were in a much better position in July and August. In September, we have definitely…