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Health infra can handle 5 lakh daily Covid cases: govt

India's Covid-19 task force head Dr V K Paul said at least 8.36 lakh hospital beds across the country, and 9,69,885 additional isolation beds are available in dedicated Covid-19 care centres.

The government said Thursday that the healthcare infrastructure had been augmented to handle a surge of up to five lakh Covid-19 cases a day even as it stressed that the level of preparedness does not mean that another rise in cases will, or should, be reported.

Addressing a press conference, India’s Covid-19 task force head Dr V K Paul said the preparedness for a possible surge is of “safe level”. “It does not mean that it (surge) should happen, can happen, or may happen. The preparedness is pitched to be ready for a daily surge of 4.5-5 lakh cases per day,” Paul said.

“.The dynamics of the virus after vaccination and infection can lead to herd immunity…we do not have a straightforward formula for that. As one can see, despite the administration of vaccines, cases are being reported and we are still learning. The preparation will be of the level to make us safe,” Paul said.

In that direction, Paul said at least 8.36 lakh hospital beds across the country, and 9,69,885 additional isolation beds are available in dedicated Covid-19 care centres. “.In addition, 4.86 lakh oxygen-supported beds and 1.35 lakh ICU beds are available,” Paul said. “.the preparation is robust, sustained… and being accounted for and catalysed and supported for on a daily basis,” he added.

Approximately 1,200 pressure swing adsorption oxygen plants are functional, he said, adding that “there is no district in the country where such a plant is not working.”

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