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Indian app overestimates capital's medical capacity

New Delhi ten times more affected by coronavirus than outlying areas

The official Delhi Corona app launched in early June has struggled to provide an accurate picture of hospital capacity during the pandemic. (Source photos by Reuters and Kiran Sharma)

NEW DELHI -- India's capital is battling a strong surge in COVID-19 cases, prompting fears that its hospitals will soon be unable to treat patients.

According to a new government app, Delhi's hospitals had a total of 11,114 beds available for novel coronavirus patients on Friday afternoon, of which 5,259 were indicated as vacant. The app also showed that of 703 ventilators for such patients, 231 were not being used.

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