Private hospitals have brought down the reservation of beds for COVID patients from 50 per cent to 20 per cent as the cases have reduced manifold. “COVID beds have come down to about 10 per cent and only emergency surgeries, transplants in emergency cases and others are being done as the cases have dropped by more than 60 per cent. The planned elective surgeries are being considered but official notification from the State Health Department is being awaited,” said Dr Narendranath Jena, senior consultant in emergency medicine at Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre. The government hospitals in the State have also started elective surgeries and staff members are being diverted to non-COVID wards. “Availability of beds is the same but the general medicine blocks and surgical blocks have started to function. We have patients coming from other districts and States, too, as we continue to handle the highest burden of COVID-19 within the city. Elective surgeries are also being undertaken as COVID cases are on a declining in Chennai,” said Dr E Theranirajan, dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.