Hyderabad: The number of beds occupied in hospitals in Telangana has increased, according to the latest data. Eighty-nine more hospital beds were occupied in the state on 6 January as compared to 31 December. On 31 December, out of the total 55,810 available beds, 1,229 were occupied whereas on 6 January, out of the 56,012 available beds, 1,318 were reported to be occupied.

Bed occupancy in TS hospitals from Dec 31 to Jan 6

Compared to the two weeks from 16 to 30 December where additionally 13 beds were occupied, this weekly surge of 89 beds is pretty high.

However, on 6 January, a total of 202 additional beds were made available.

Telangana director of public health (DPG) Dr. G. Srinivas Rao on Thursday said that only 2.3% of the total beds available in 1,327 hospitals in Telangana are occupied.

The bed occupancy rate remained more or less unchanged in the last one week. As of 6 January, 2.3% of the total beds available in both government and private hospitals in Telangana were found to be occupied. A week ago, 2.2% of beds were occupied.

There are three types of bed facilities available in hospitals – regular beds, oxygen beds, and ICU beds.

Regular beds

As of 6 January, out of 22,168 regular beds available in the state, 372 were occupied (1.6%). The occupancy rate of regular beds showed a minimal increase from 1.4% on 31 December to 1.6% on 6 January. Also, 130 additional regular beds were provided on 6 January.

Regular beds occupied from Dec 31 to Jan 6

Oxygen beds

Oxygen beds are beds equipped with oxygen cylinders to avoid problems due to the lack of available ventilators. On 6 January, 2.4% (528 oxygen beds) of the total available 21,950 oxygen beds were occupied. The occupancy rate of oxygen beds in the state went up by 0.2% in the last one week from 2.2% to 2.4%. Sixty-five additional oxygen beds were made available in the last one week.

Oxygen beds occupied from Dec 31 to Jan 6

ICU beds

ICU beds recorded the highest occupancy rate among the three kinds of beds available in hospitals in Telangana. On 6 January, out of the total 11,894 ICU beds in the state, 418 were occupied (3.5%). On 31 December, 3.4% of ICU beds available were occupied.

ICU beds occupied from Dec 31 to Jan 6

On 6 January, seven additional ICU beds were arranged in the hospitals.

The DPH on Thursday also said that approximately 10,000 beds are exclusively arranged for children.

Though the bed occupancy rates in the state remain low, with the number of COVID-19 cases showing a sharp spike, all eyes are on severity, hospitalization, and bed occupancy in the coming weeks in January.

Telangana, like other states, has been witnessing a surge in cases. On 6 January, the state reported 1,913 new cases. From 428 cases on 3 January, the cases rose drastically to 1,020 on 4 January and steadily increased to 1,520 on 5 January.

Daily Covid cases in TS from Dec 31 to Jan 6

A week ago, on 31 December, the state had recorded 311 COVID-19 cases. In a single week, the test positivity rate (TPR) also increased from 0.85% on 31 December to 3.5 % on 6 January.

On Thursday, the GHMC area recorded more that 60% of the total COVID-19 cases in the state (1,214 cases).

Meanwhile, from Thursday, the state health department has announced that no Omicron data will be provided to the public as 70% of the current cases in the state are Omicron variant.

Nimisha S Pradeep

Hailing from Palakkad, Kerala, Nimisha completed her MA in Communication (with a specialization in Print and New Media) from the University of Hyderabad. She has interned with The Hindu Metroplus, Chennai and The Sentinel, Assam. She was a fellow of the NFI Fellowship for Independent Journalists in 2021. In 2015, she attended the Jenesys Student Exchange Programme in Japan. She firmly believes in the power of words and the impact it can make on society. She looks forward to using her career in journalism to voice the issues of minorities. Her interest areas include gender, women and society. She pursues travel, photography, and music in her leisure time.

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