New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited the Sardar Patel COVID care Centre and Hospital, the newly operational COVID-19 facility built in Delhi’s Chatarpur, in view of the rising cases in the national capital.

The COVID facility, which is billed to be one of the biggest coronavirus facility in the world, started functioning on Friday with over 10,000 beds. The facility on the Radha Soami Satsang Beas campus in the Chhatarpur area will have two wings -- a COVID care centre where asymptomatic positive cases will be treated and a dedicated COVID healthcare centre.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been given the responsibility for the management of the centre and act as the nodal agency. During the visit both Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal took stock of the preparedness of the facility. The two leaders also talked to the senior officials supervising the functioning of the facility.

The Delhi government, grappling with the shortage of COVID-19 beds in hospitals amid the uptick in coronavirus cases, had earlier estimated that the national capital will be having 5.5 lakh cases of coronavirus by July end. In view of this, the Delhi government had announced the COVID facility. The Delhi government had said that the facility will have 10,000 beds when it will be fully functional.

The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital has been built on an area covering 12,50,000 square feet, with preinstalled fans and CCTV cameras. The facility was being used to shelter migrant workers until recently. Its community kitchens are semi-industrial and can feed thousands of people at a time.

The facility will have two segments - COVID Care Centre (CCC), where asymptomatic positive cases will be treated, and Dedicated COVID Health Care (DCHC). The CCC will have 90 per cent beds while DCHC will have 10 per cent, news agency PTI reported.

The coronavirus cases in Delhi reached over 77,000 on Saturday while the death toll in the national capital inches towards 2,500.  

Posted By: Talib Khan