PUNE: Hospitals beds have been added in Pune district to face the recent spike in coronavirus cases, officials said on Monday amid reports of a shortage of beds and ICU facilities.
In Sassoon General Hospitals, 50 more beds have been added, while ICU beds are being increased in private hospitals like Budhrani, Dalvi and Jupiter, said District Collector Naval Kishore Ram.
He added that some hospitals will be declared as 100 percent COVID ones.
"There will be 1000 oxygen beds which will be added in rural parts in the next few days and doctors and nurses will also be deployed," he said.
Ram said an average of 8-10 thousand tests were being conducted daily over the past few days, including rapid antigen tests.
"Even if the number of cases is increasing, mortality rate is still under control at 2.5 percent. The target is to bring this below 1 percent," said.
Ram said a task force has been formed under Dr Murlidhar Tambe, dean of Sassoon General Hospital and BJ Medical College, to look into patient management protocol.