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How Mumbai 'chased the virus', did better than Delhi in preparing for Covid

Mumbai's municipality s preparing for a third wave by setting up pediatric hospitals because more children might be infected in the next surge.

Mumbai has reported 2,784 deaths since the second wave began on March 1, around a fourth of the 10,595 in capital New Delhi. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Mumbai has reported 2,784 deaths since the second wave began on March 1, around a fourth of the 10,595 in capital New Delhi. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Dhwani Pandya and P R Sanjai | Bloomberg
At midnight on April 17, as a deadly new wave of the coronavirus overwhelmed India, Mumbai’s Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal learned that six hospitals in his city would run out of oxygen within hours -- putting the lives of 168 patients at risk.

Amid the ensuing scramble, the patients were rushed to the temporary hospitals Chahal’s team had set up during the city’s first wave in 2020. He hadn’t dismantled the facilities even when cases dipped. Unlike most Indian hospitals that relied on cylinders, they had been equipped with pipes that supplied oxygen directly to patients’ beds. All 168

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First Published: May 19 2021 | 10:59 AM IST

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