Amid a huge surge in COVID-19 cases being recorded in Pune and questions being raised over the availability of hospital beds and other medical facilities in the cultural city, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol has on Sunday provided details regarding the availability of hospital beds in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
According to a graphic shared by the Mayor on Twitter, there are a total of 9,593 beds in the city as of September 4. 7,473 of those are in private hospitals, while 2,120 are in the government hospitals.
In the private hospitals, there are a total of 4,953 beds for COVID patients and 2,538 beds for non-COVID patients. In government hospitals, there are 1,470 beds for COVID patients, while 650 beds are for non-COVID patients.
Meanwhile, Pune district reported 4,050 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 1,88,566, a health official said on Saturday.
The death toll in the district reached 4,495 with 79 new fatalities.
"Of the 4,050 cases, 1,736 were from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which has recorded 1,03,812 patients so far. However, 1,456 patients were also discharged from the city hospitals during the day," he said.
941 new cases were found in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation limits where the case count has reached 54,230.
In related news, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Pune district and said the next month was crucial to contain the outbreak.
He said the coronavirus outbreak containment appeal to people had changed from 'don't be afraid, take precaution' to 'don't be careless, take precaution'.
(With input from PTI)