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Sunday, 09 May 2021 11.24 PM IST

No beds in hospitals; Mosque in Vadodara turned into 50-bed COVID facility

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VADODARA: Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, a mosque in Vadodara's Jahangirpura has been converted into a 50-bed COVID facility.

"Due to shortage of oxygen and hospital beds, we decided to convert the mosque into COVID facility. And what is better than the month of Ramadan to do it," trustee of the mosque was quoted as saying by ANI.

Recently, a long queue of ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients was seen outside the civil hospital in Gujarat. The state government, however, said it was unfair to associate the queue with the efficiency of the civil hospital in handling the situation, adding the admission of patients is being carried out as per the protocols which just cannot be discarded.

During a hearing on the overall pandemic situation in the state, the Gujarat High Court recently said that “over 40 ambulances were found queued up outside the civil hospital”.

The HC had cited media reports claiming that COVID-19 patients are queuing up in ambulances as beds are not available in any hospitals.

The civil hospital campus in the Asarva area of the city has a dedicated 1,200-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Gujarat logged 11,403 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-day spike so far, while 117 patients died due to the infection, the most in a day, the state Health Department said.

This is for the first time that the number of fresh coronavirus cases has crossed the 11,000-mark in a day in Gujarat.

The total number of cases in Gujarat has increased to 4,15,972 with the addition of 11,403 new cases during the day, said a release by the Health Department.

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