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Coronavirus pandemic: Here's a special report from Mumbai's Sion Hospital

Updated : May 22, 2020 11:27 PM IST

As the nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by a single-day record of over 6,000 to move closer to 1.2 lakh, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state reported 2,940 new cases on Friday.

The state today saw the highest single-day spike -- to take its tally to 44,852. Its death toll also rose to 1,517 with 63 more fatalities. This was the sixth consecutive day when the state has reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases.

Country's financial capital, Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 24,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths. Mumbai's Sion Hospital, which has over 1,600 bed capacity, was not a designated COVID-19 centre, but it has been getting many patients infected by the novel virus.

Doctors say that more than 200 coronavirus patients are being treated in various wards in the hospital. However, the trouble is that the available number of beds in the hospital have not been adequate to take care of the increasing burden of patients, particularly those suspect with COVID.

Further, this is putting a lot of pressure on the healthcare workers, particularly the resident doctors who are in-charge of taking care of the patients -- both COVID and non-COVID.

CNBC-TV18's Archana Shukla brings a special report from Mumbai's Sion Hospital and spoke to some of the doctors to understand their problems.
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