Currently, around 75 patients are being treated at private hospitals across Ghaziabad. So far this month, 461 cases have been reported in the district, about three times the number reported in February. In March last year, the district had recorded 10 cases. According to official data, on March 16 this year there were 29 Covid patients in private hospitals and the number rose to 83 on March 27.
In Noida, the number of active cases stood at 276 on Sunday. Of these patients, 141 are at home, 42 are in private hospitals and around 60 are in government hospitals. Another 33 patients are awaiting allocation (the number includes patients cross notified to other districts). While there were 79 active cases on March 7, on Sunday, the tally was 276.
“We can see people have become a bit careless and we hope that they are careful now. Everyone should wear mask and maintain hygiene, especially during Holi,” said Suhas LY, district magistrate, GB Nagar.
As per official figures, there were 279 cases in Ghaziabad till Sunday evening. While 123 people were in home isolation, 21 patients were admitted to Santosh Hospital. There are 74 patients in private hospitals in the district and most of them (52) are in Yashoda Hospital, Kaushambi. Eight are in Yashoda, Nehru Nagar, seven are in Max Hospital, Vaishali. Le Crest and Chandra Laxmi have six and one, respectively.
In Ghaziabad, of the 461 cases, 317 were reported in the past 14 days alone. The positivity rate has jumped to 0.64% this month from 0.31% in February. In Noida, the positivity rate was 1.13% in January when the district reported 311 cases. In February, the rate came down to 0.5% with 141 cases. Currently, the positivity rate stands at little over 1%.
Health officials said the government and private hospitals are equipped to handle the cases as of now. There are more than 600 beds at government and private hospitals in Noida and the capacity of Noida Covid Hospital can be increased from the current 200 to about 400 beds if needed. “The increasing positivity rate is alarming and we are taking measures to step up testing and surveillance,” said GB Nagar DM.
Officials in Ghaziabad said the more tests are being conducted now and the District Combined Hospital and private hospitals have been asked to be prepared if facilities have to be converted to Covid units again. All Covid hospitals, except for Santosh Hospital, were made non-Covid facilities in February.