Even as there is a slight decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city now, the death rate has been on the rise.
Around 30 per cent — 365 people – of Chennai’s total death count – 1,253 — was reported between July 1 and 12.
Public health specialists attribute the climbing death rate to the severity of the spread and the bigger burden on health care amenities. Communicable diseases specialist at Apollo Hospitals Dr. Ram Gopalakrishnan said that the high death rate is due to the rise in the number of symptomatic and severe patients. “Another reason is the lack of facilities to treat so many patients. Even enough well-trained doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals are not available to deal with the caseload. There’s no point in having ventilators ready without staff who know how to use them,’’ he pointed out.