The largest facility of its kind in India,The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre became partly operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available, according to the Delhi government.
However, health authorities announced the country’s biggest one-day increase in the number of new infections. India opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus.
Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and India’s Home Minister Amit Shah visited the care center on Saturday ahead of its launch.
The administration and operations of the hospital will be run by the Indo-Tiberan Border Police (ITBP), Shah confirmed.
Shah added in a tweet, “I applaud our courageous ITBP personnel, who would be operating this COVID Care facility during these trying times. Their commitment to serve the nation and people of Delhi is unparalleled.”
The opening of the hospital in accord with the release of India health ministry data on Sunday which showed the highest surge in the daily number of new Covid-19 cases.
India reported 19,906 new coronavirus infections and 410 new deaths recently, bringing the sum total of 528,859 positive cases and 16,095 fatalities.