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Doctors in Nepal warn of major Covid crisis as virus cases surge by almost 2,500% in a month sparking dire shortage of hospital beds and oxygen

Doctors in Nepal have alerted that a major crisis is looming, as the number of coronavirus reports has risen dramatically in just a few weeks.

Medics say the nation’s hospitals are running out of oxygen and beds, putting the country on the verge of a disaster similar to that seen in neighboring India.

On the same day four weeks ago, Nepal had just 337 new coronavirus cases, compared to 8,287 new cases yesterday.

The death rate has also risen, with 53 reported yesterday as opposed to just one a month ago.

Last weekend, 44 percent of tests returned positive results, meaning that thousands of infections went undiagnosed, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross.

The charity advises that if the virus continues to spread across the nation, there is a serious risk of mass deaths.

Dr. Jyotindra Sharma, chief of Kathmandu’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine and Surgery, said, “Right now, there are no beds available in any hospital that is handling COVID patients.”
‘Although any beds were made available, there is a severe lack of oxygen, and the crisis is far from over.’

Added beds were packed to increase capacity at the hospital, which is one of Nepal’s leading facilities for treating COVID-19 patients.
They’re all complete, and the only way to get on is to join a waiting list.
‘In the worst-case scenario, people might be dying in the streets,’ Dr. Sharma said.

He went on to say that increasing the capability of hospitals is “just not feasible” right now.
‘Although beds were provided, there is a severe lack of oxygen, and this crisis is far from over.’

Added beds were packed to increase capacity at the hospital, which is one of Nepal’s leading facilities for treating COVID-19 patients.

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