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Panaji: With COVID19 curve flattening in the state and majority of the infected people opting for Home Quarantine, the number of vacant beds in different government and private hospitals is increasing every passing day, Health department official said.

A senior Health department official said that as on Friday, 405 out of total 805 beds in government run covid hospitals and private hospitals were vacant.

The different private hospitals have reserved 72 beds to treat COVID19 patients, of which 42 were vacant while from the 733 beds in government hospitals, 363 were unutilized leaving the total vacant beds to 405 in the state.

State government has designated ESI hospital in Margao, District Hospital in Margao, Sub District Hospital in Ponda (all in South Goa) and Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji as facilities to treat COVID-19.

“We have moved on from a situation where there were no vacant beds for patients, to enough of them available to treat them,” he said.

The number of beds vacant in government hospitals has been increasing since last one week. On October 24, 260 beds in government facilities were vacant while it went up to 319 on October 28, 338 on October 29 and 363 on October 30.

As per state government data, Goa is witnessing 93.07 per cent recovery with 40409 patients recovered till date after being tested positive for the virus. Till October 30, there were 21,761 who had opted for Home Isolation while 11,612 were hospitalized since the outbreak of the pandemic. In all 602 people have succumbed to the infection.

The state on Friday reported 215 new infections taking the number of active cases to 2405.

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