A frantic search for scarce hospital beds as pandemic rages in India
By the time Shaikh was admitted at a hospital through a personal connection late on the night of June 5, his condition had deteriorated, his nephew said. The 44-year-old father of three died less than 48 hours later. His coronavirus test result came back around the same time: positive.
As India battles a growing number of coronavirus cases, its health-care system is starting to buckle. Some patients are facing a desperate struggle to access treatment: Government hotlines fail to respond, testing can take days and hospitals are full.
The situation is especially dire in Mumbai, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak. Home to more than 12 million people, Mumbai had just 14 intensive-care beds available for patients with covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, as of Friday. The other 99 percent of such beds were full.
Delhi, India’s capital city, is also facing a looming shortage of beds. Earlier this week, Delhi’s chief minister said coronavirus cases in the city could skyrocket from the current 35,000 to more …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]