Hospitals running out of beds amid spike in Covid cases

Amraiz Khan

Almost all public sector hospitals in the provincial metropolis are fast running out of beds after the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the City.

According to the health department, around 11 per cent of ventilators are currently available for new Covid-19 pettiest in the government hospitals in the city.

Actually 164 ventilators have been allocated for Covid-19 patients in the City’s hospitals and most of them are currently occupied by the patients, the officials informed.

Approximately 34 percent of oxygen beds were currently available for new patients in the hospitals.

As per the data, 786 coronavirus patients are undergoing treatment at various public and private hospitals. Of them, 93 patients are on ventilators and 201 are on oxygen beds.

Earlier on March 26, Lahore continued to witness a surge in Covid-19 cases as 1,566 new infections surfaced in the provincial capital overnight – the highest in ten months.

According to health officials, the Covid-19 positivity rate had risen to 18 per cent.

The provincial health department had said Lahore alone witnessed as many as 5, 174 new cases and 69 fatalities during the last five days.

Pakistan Medial Association (PMA) President Ashraf Nizami had termed the 18pc positivity rate “alarming”.

He had stressed that the Punjab government needed to declare health emergency in the province right away, calling for tougher restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.