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India opens part of 10,000-bed coronavirus hospital

June 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NEW DELHI, INDIA ??? JUNE 27: Medical professionals and health workers during the inauguration of Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Radha Swami Satsang Beas campus in Chhatarpur, on June 27, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Shah and Kejriwal???s visit came on a day when the Delhi government also began a serological survey for a comprehensive analysis of the spread of Covid-19 in the city where the total number of case has neared 80,000 and the death toll has reached almost 2,500. This facility is world???s largest Covid care facility with over 10,000 beds. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India has opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus, as health authorities announced the country's biggest one-day increase in the number of new infections.

(CNN)India has opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus, as health authorities announced the country's biggest one-day increase in the number of new infections.

The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre, the largest facility of its kind in India, became partly operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available, according to the Delhi government.

The remaining 8,000 beds at the facility, which is located in the Chattarpur area of Delhi, will be in use from Wednesday.

India's Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the care center on Saturday ahead of its launch.

Meanwhile, the Home Minister tweeted that the 10,000-bed facility "would provide huge relief to the people of Delhi. "

"I applaud our courageous ITBP personnel, who would be operating this COVID Care facility during these trying times.

The opening of the hospital coincided with the release of India health ministry data on Sunday which showed the largest rise in the daily number of new Covid-19 cases.

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

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