COVID19: Mumbai Has Over 4,800 Beds Vacant in All Hospitals; MCGM Adding 7,300 More, says Chahal
Despite a record of 57,000 new COVID19 cases over the past 43 days, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has more than 4,800 beds vacant in all designated hospitals in the city. 
 
According to Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal,  and as MCGMs online COVID bed management dashboard, there are more than 4,800 hospital beds vacant as on Friday, despite 57,000 new cases in last 43 days. "We are operationalising additional 7,300 hospital beds soon, which are ready," he says.
 
As on 26th March, there were 1,644 ICU beds, spread across public and private hospitals, out of which 1,117 were occupied and 527 available. Overall, BMC has a bed capacity of 14,742, including dedicated COVID-19 health centres (DCHC) and dedicated COVID-19 hospitals (DCH) and COVID Care Centre-2 (government centres with doctors and nurses present all the time). Out of these, about 9,937 beds were occupied and 4,805 were vacant, information available on the municipal corporations' dashboard shows. 
 
 
There are around 70,518 beds in quarantine facilities at BMC-run centres. Of this, around 13,136 are currently active beds, 9,757 beds are buffer beds and the remaining beds were deactivated. 
 
On 26 March 2021, Mumbai saw the number of Corona infected patients rise to 5,513, taking the total to 3.86 lakh till date. Out of this, 3.35 lakh patients recovered and were discharged. Total number of active patients is 37,804. Overall growth rate of corona cases in Mumbai between 19th March and 25 March 2021 is 0.98%, while the doubling rate has come down to 68 days. 
 
Last month, the municipal commissioner held a video conference with BMC officials and directed them to reactivate quarantine and isolation centres, including marriage halls, community halls, sports centres. He even asked the officials to re-convert smaller nursing homes for COVID care where necessary.
 
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