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CM Thackeray Seeking Additional ICU Beds from Navy, Army, Railways and Other Central Government Agencies


CM Thackeray Seeking Additional ICU Beds from Navy, Army, Railways and Other Central Government Agencies
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Amidst the rising number of cases in Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly asked the Ports, Railways, Navy, Army and relevant Central Government agencies to prepare ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds for COVID-19 patients. 

Maharashtra is currently the worst affected state in the country with more than 15,000 cases and 617 deaths reported so far. 34 out of the 36 districts in Maharashtra have reported cases of the coronavirus.

“As a part of planning, the State Government has requested hospitals, institutions & buildings under the management of the Railways, Mumbai Port Trust, Indian Army, Navy and other Central Gov. undertakings to make their facilities available across Maharashtra,” the CMO’s tweet read.

“This is to make sure there is availability of ICU beds & Isolation centres as a part of preparedness,” the CMO said in a subsequent tweet.

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As the state saw 34 deaths in one day, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed concerns about Maharashtra. “Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Solapur, among the 34 districts are a cause of concern for us,” he said. Dr. Harsh Vardhan also said that he will hold discussions with CM Thackeray over the matter. 

Some experts have previously said that COVID-19 cases could peak by mid-May across India. The measures taken by the CM appear to be a consequence of that. While Mumbai is currently bearing the brunt of the extensive measures to curb the spread, the forecast is for things to get worse.

Earlier today, it was reported that a suspected COVID-19 patient has fled Mumbai’s Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital, sparking fear and panic among locals. Cases like these appear to pop up every other day, causing additional strain on the civic authorities as well as the police.  

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