Maharashtra is at the top rating among the five most-affected states in the country and a fall in terms of ICU beds and ventilators between June and August can be foreseen.
Maharashtra is projected to have a shortage of ICU beds on August 8, while it may run out of ventilators by July 27, the Centre said, raising red flags.
The state witnessed the highest single-day jump with 3,607 cases reported on June 11, taking the state tally to 97,648. The worst-affected Indian state also reported 152 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 3,590.
Hospitals are trying to do the best that they can. They have discharged 1,561 patients, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients to 46,078, a state health official said.
On Friday, the third minister in chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s cabinet tested positive for COVID-19, along with five of his staff members. The lawmaker has been admitted to a Mumbai hospital for treatment.
Earlier this week, the Maharashtra government had urged the Centre to resume suburban train services for people engaged in providing emergency services, like hospital nurses, ward boys, civic body staffers, conservancy, and support staff. However, this might change, looking at the current scenario.