“The situation is twice as worrying compared to the last peak of COVID.

Thirty-seven patients have died in the past 24 hours in the COVID-19 isolation center at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, according to official data released on Saturday.

Rajindra Hospital is a tertiary care facility for COVID-19 patients not only from Punjab, but also from neighboring states and the National Capital Region.

Three of the deceased patients were from Delhi, eight from Patiala, while 25 others were from various parts of Punjab. Two patients were brought in dead.

“37 patients have died in the past 24 hours. Earlier this week, the same number of patients died within 24 hours. We are seeing an unprecedented increase in the patient load. The situation is twice as worrying compared to the last peak of COVID-19. During the last wave (mid-August-September 2020) we peaked with severely ill patients (L3) at 90, but currently we have cumulative L3 patients at 210. We have more than twice the number of very critically and critically ill patients, ”Surabhi Malik, Nodal Officer, Tertiary Care, Rajindra Hospital with additional post of additional secretary, medical education and research The Hindu.

“Rajindra Hospital also welcomes patients from outside the state and does not close its door on anyone. Being the L-3 facility, this hospital receives critically ill patients and medical staff give them the best treatment, but the severity of the illness sometimes hinders their efforts. Critically ill patients from parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi also come to the hospital for treatment and most of these patients are already in critical condition, resulting in deaths, ”she said. declared.

“We have increased the number of L-3 beds to 180 from the existing 120. We have a total of 600 COVID L-2 and L-3 beds. The deaths attributed to the Patiala district include patients from other districts and states, ”she added.

She said there was no shortage of space in the hospital morgue and the necessary infrastructure was in place to meet additional needs.