Dr Rahul Pandit, head of intensive care in Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and a member of the state task force on Covid-19 said that Mumbai is possibly at the peak of the second wave. “This week looks like the peak in Mumbai, but numbers could continue to be high for a couple of weeks more,” Dr Pandit said.
Districts such as Akola and Amravati that were the first to register a surge in cases in early February seem to have peaked and their daily tally of cases is starting to decline, said Dr Pandit.
A BMC official admitted that supply of oxygen and the antiviral remdesivir was an issue in Mumbai but said there was nothing that the BMC could do about it as these issues were managed by the state government.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the state was being very transparent with its testing numbers and deaths. He said that most RT-PCR labs in the state were full and were functioning will full capacity. “Most of our resources that we had augmented are also falling short but we are working towards expanding them,” he said.
Cabinet minister and guardian minister for Mumbai city Aslam Shaikh said 5,300 more beds were being added in Mumbai, of which 70% will have oxygen supply facility. He said that bed management in the city is being handled centrally by the BMC, but shortage is being reported as some people want to get admitted to private hospitals, where the waiting period is more,” he said.
“Some celebrities from the film industry and cricketers had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic, but they got themselves admitted to major private hospitals and occupied beds for longer periods,” he said.
Shaikh said if they had avoided getting admitted to hospitals, the state could have accommodated needy Covid-19 patients.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region added 16,596 cases and 46 deaths taking the total cases to 11.1 lakh. Deaths touched 21,245.