Bengaluru: Thousands of COVID-19 beds are now lying unoccupied in Bengaluru, a city which once saw scores of patients fighting to secure the limited number of free beds available across its hospitals.

This indicates how steeply COVID-19 numbers have fallen in the city, which collectively is the worst-hit district in Karnataka with the highest tally of cases.

The COVID-19 bed occupancy in the city has dipped to 26% from 75% over the last 30 days.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) data shows that there are currently 11,396 beds allocated for COVID-19 patients in the city.

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The beds include 6,995 general beds, 3,285 high-dependency unit (HDU) beds, 592 ICU beds and 524 ICU-ventilator beds. Out of these, 8,517 were unoccupied as of November 9.

Not just the general COVID-19 beds but even the COVID-19 ICU bed usage has seen an abrupt drop.

According to the BBMP data, about 54% (275) of ICU beds are free, as are 57% (225) of ICU-ventilator beds. This is a dramatic reversal from September and October when these beds were subject to 100% occupancy.