Fight against COVID-19: India opens one of the world's largest hospitals

Medical practitioners during the inauguration of the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre, India's biggest hospital for the fight against COVID-19
Emeh Joy

In a bid to fight the deadly coronavirus, India has opened one of the biggest hospitals in the world. This is coming at a time when the health authorities announced the country's most significant one-day increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre has turned out to be the largest facility of its kind in India. According to the Delhi Government, it became partly operational on Sunday as 2,000 out of its 10,000-bed capacity are available.

It reported that the remaining 8,000 beds located in the Chattarpur area of Delhi would be put into use starting from Wednesday.

India's Home Minister, Amit Shah paid a visit to the centre on Saturday alongside Delhi's Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal ahead of the facility's launch. Kejriwal, in a post made on Twitter, described the healthcare facility as being "among the largest hospitals in the world".

The Home Minister, on the other hand, tweeted that the 10,000-bed facility "would provide huge relief to the people of Delhi". He confirmed that the administration and operations of the facility would be run by the Indo-Tiberan Border Police (ITBP).

"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 the people of Delhi is unparalleled", Shah added in a tweet.

The opening of the hospital Coincided with the release of the India health ministry data on Sunday. The data showed the highest increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 infections.

The country had reported 19,906 new infections and 410 new deaths from the virus, bringing it to a total of 528,859 positive cases and 16,095 fatalities.

The number of cases in Delhi increased on Wednesday, even surpassing that of Mumbai thus, making it the country's worst-hit city.

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