The number of deaths from COVID-19 has increased in Hassan and last week (since April 26) 90 people have died from the infection in the district. This includes 15 deaths reported on Monday. A majority of them are said to have died due to the unavailability of intensive care beds.

This illustrates how cases are increasing outside of Bengaluru as well and health infrastructure is proving to be a big problem. The district had to deal with the additional burden of patients traveling to Hassan from Bengaluru.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, no less than 616 people have died in the district. The number of deaths reported since March 23 is 149. As of Monday, 1,277 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the district. With this, the total number of cases rose to 42,313.

Of these, 33,598 have recovered and 8,099 are being treated. Among them, 89 are in intensive care units.

Many patients from Bengaluru and other districts have been admitted to hospitals because they could not find beds for them. Of the 15 who died on Monday, five are from other districts. Among the others, two each come from Arsikere taluk, three from Hassan taluk, one each from Belur, Holenarasipur and Sakaleshpur taluks.

As all the beds in the intensive care unit at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences are occupied, critical general ward patients do not receive a higher standard of treatment. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Hassan, said three of his relatives had been admitted to hospital. One of them, over 70, is in critical condition. “We have been trying to get an intensive care bed for four days. General service people are dying because they have been denied intensive care beds, ”he said.