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Patient fatalities may go up as more and more doctors catch covid and leave
With the Omicron-Covid combo breaking through the vaccine barrier with ease, the doctors and other medical staff working in a virus-filled environment across the world 24x7 are dropping like flies without defence, even as a highly contagious new wave is packing hospitals and their premises with patients. The situation in the US is an example, where ambulances and patients are turned back from hospitals overflowing with patients not getting the care. The new wave fatalities are few (See: Why the new wave is less fatal) but the clinical complications arising out of the new situation is going to be alarming, leading to massive fatalities. It is already happening in the West. Canada presents a sad situation where infected and sick doctors are called back to the hospital to attend to the overflowing patients! India Travel Times wrote on December 3, Omicron covid, the double whammy is here!

NEW DELHI, Jan 8: Several hundreds of doctors and other medical staff, especially in Government hospitals and medical colleges, caught in the sudden, massive surge in covid-19 infections across the country in the past few days, have gone into isolation. The resulting shortage of staff is putting great pressure on the hospital services with the result that the working medicos are on a 24x7 duty schedule.

With more and more doctors and other medical staff falling sick, patient care at the hospitals in the country is going to suffer badly.

While over 60 doctors at the AIIMS, Delhi, have tested covid positive, nearly 30 have been diagnosed with the covid at the Safdarjung Hospital in the city. In Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, 38 doctors and 45 healthcare workers are sick. The Hindu Rao Hospital has reported 20 doctors getting infected with covid. At Lok Nayak Hospital, the largest covid hospital in the Capital, 10 doctors and three nurses tested positive, according to reports. Fifteen doctors tested positive at the Lady Harding Medical College hospital. Departments at hospitals not linked to covid management too are affected without exception.

About 25 doctors at the Government Kilpauk Medical College hospital in Chennai have tested positive for covid. At the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital 30 final year MBBS students tested positive. There is 10 pm to 5 am night curfew in force in Tamil Nadu. The State will go under complete lockdown on January 9. Physical classes have been barred in all schools from Standards 1 to 9. Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 6,983 covid cases, while it was 1,489 on January 1. The TPR has climbed to 5.4% against 1.4% on January 1 in the State while the Capital city registered 9.6%. Chennai accounts for half of the State’s 22,828 active cases. The city had 3,759 new cases, more than half of the State figure.

Dr Binod Kumar Singh, Medical Superintendent of Nalanda Medical College Hospital, Patna, said about 160 doctors of the hospital have been infected with covid.

In Kolkata, around 200 doctors and healthcare workers of both Government and private hospitals have infected with covid in the past week. Most of the cases are from the Calcutta National Medical College, NRS hospital and Ahmed Dental College. A senior doctor reportedly said, "Even if we take off the N95 mask for 10 seconds, it is not safe now.”

Maharashtra, Delhi, Bengal worst affected

Maharashtra registered a total of 40,925 new covid cases on Friday, and continues to be the worst affected. Mumbai logged 20,971 cases. Maharashtra had registered 36,265 fresh cases on Thursday, more than half of it from Mumbai alone. Delhi recorded over 17,000 cases in the past 24 hours. Bengal is emerging as the top infected State. The cases are surging in Bengal like in Delhi and Mumbai. Karnataka reported 8,449 fresh cases of covid in 24 hours against 5,031 cases on Thursday. Bengaluru alone accounted for 6,812 of the cases. On Wednesday, the State's cases had doubled to 4,246 infections.

The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is above 10% in 17 States. Kolkata is the worst affected with a TPR of 53.10%. Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul Spiti district, a tourist destination, is the second worst affectd with a TPR of 52.38%, it is reported.

Bengal had a TPR of 15.93% on Thursday. Howrah (39.51 per cent), Pashchim Bardhaman (25.17 per cent), 24 Paraganas North (25.17 per cent), 24 Paraganas South (19.98 per cent) , Birbhum (19.51 per cent), Darjeeling (12.93 per cent), Maldah (12.26 per cent), Hooghly (11.61 per cent) and Purba Bardhaman (10.57 per cent) districts are among Bengal’s worst affected districts.

The TPR climbing fast in seven Maharashtra’s districts. Mumbai suburban district’s TPR is 26.53 per cent, Mumbai and Thane districts have 23.56 and 20.64 per cent, Raigad (17.93 per cent), Palghar (17.22 per cent), Pune (13.02 per cent) and Nashik (11.11 per cent).

In Delhi, North West district's TPR is 17.53 per cent, East (15.31 per cent), South (14.62 per cent), West (13.12 per cent), New Delhi (12.19 per cent) and Central (10.90 per cent), according to the Ministry of Health.

The TPR in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa also is above 10%.

Omicron covid cases reached the 3,000 in the country on Friday. India had reported 2,630 cases of Omicron variant till Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On Thursday, Maharashtra had reported the maximum number of Omicron cases (797) followed by Delhi (465). The other States that have reported the Omicron variant cases in the country include Rajasthan (236), Kerala (234), Karnataka (226), Gujarat (204), Tamil Nadu (121), Telangana (94), Haryana (71), Odisha (60), Uttar Pradesh (31), Andhra Pradesh (28), West Bengal (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Uttarakhand (8), Goa (5), Meghalaya (4), Chandigarh (3).

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