India: has the Covid pandemic started to burn itself out?

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India: has the Covid pandemic started to burn itself out?

Cases are dropping sharply, raising the prospect that parts of the country are nearing herd immunity

Amy Kazmin

For most of the past 11 months, Dr Sushila Kataria has worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week tending to a surging tide of Covid-19 patients at Medanta, a prominent private hospital on New Delhi’s outskirts.

Since the hospital’s first cases — Italian tourists who fell ill in March — Medanta has treated more than 11,000 Covid patients in its wards, intensive care units, hotel quarantine facilities and in-home care programmes. The Covid caseload peaked in November, with about 450 inpatients, and 50-100 more on a waiting list for beds.

“It was totally overwhelming,” says Kataria, an infectious disease specialist who leads Medanta’s Covid care. “November was the worst. We could only accommodate the number of patients we could discharge. We were managing very sick patients in the ward, as there was no room in the ICU.”..

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