Gujarat: In scramble for beds, kin reel under red tape
As new Covid cases in Gujarat remain on a steep upward slope daily — 9,541 cases and 97 deaths were reported on Saturday — harried patients continue running from pillar to post, with hospital beds occupied to nearly full capacity. Also, an increasing test positivity rate, now at nearly six per cent, indicate there may be no slowdown in cases in near future.
Ahmedabad city, where 3,241 new cases, the highest single-day spike till date, and 25 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, saw people scrambling for beds and their kin dealing with red tape. Saturday was the second consecutive day when less than one per cent of the 1,290 critical beds across 158 hospitals were vacant.