Speaking about the second wave of COVID-19 wave, Dr Sudhakar said there were enough beds in the city to cope with the surge of cases.
He also said, “We have enough beds. Last year, thanks to the Covid situation, we have ramped up our facilities by six times. We had only 5,000 oxygenated beds last year. Today, we have 35,000 beds. In Bengaluru alone, in the next few days, we will earmark 3,000 to 4,000 beds across all spectrums.”
Refuting the speculations of vaccine shortage in the state he said, “Why are you worried about the vaccines? We are not at all short of vaccines. I have been reiterating every day that we are receiving vaccines almost twice a week. Even now we have storage of 25 to 30 lakh doses. The union government has assured me that in a couple of days they will be sending another 25 lakh doses. The union health minister has categorically clarified that no state will run short of vaccine.”
Meanwhile, India reported a record 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as several states struggled to contain a second surge in infections, complaining of vaccine shortages and demanding inoculations be expanded to younger people.