New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In its bid to cope up with the estimated rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government is now planning to make a 10,000-bed makeshift hospital for the COVID-19 patients under a huge tent in south Delhi.  

According to news agency PTI, the planned 10,000-bed makeshift hospital will be built at the south Delhi’s lush green campus of spiritual organisation Radha Soami Satsang Beas, located near the Delhi-Haryana border.

“The COVID-19 facility, which will be 1,700 feet long and 700 feet wide, will have 200 enclosures with 50 beds each”, said Vikas Sethi, secretary of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Bhati Mines, as reported by PTI.

He also said that the makeshift facility will be the largest such facility in the national capital so far and work for the construction will be completed by June end.

The metal tent has lights and fans installed. Coolers will be needed considering the heat. The medical staff can also be accommodated in a building on the campus, Vikas added. The spiritual organisation gave its approval for the makeshift hospital two-three days ago.

According to the Delhi government's estimates, coronavirus cases in the national capital are likely to breach the 5 lakh-mark by the end of July. Around one lakh beds will be needed for COVID-19 patients, the Delhi government had said.

The city has a total 9,647 dedicated COVID-19 beds in state-run, central and private hospitals. Of these, 5,402 are occupied. The Delhi government has also started the process to identify community halls and stadiums which can be converted into makeshift COVID-19 hospitals.

Delhi recorded 2,137 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day spike, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city to over 36,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease climbed to 1,214, authorities said.

As many as 71 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the latest Delhi health department bulletin. This is the first time when over 2,000 cases have been reported in a day in Delhi. The previous highest spike in fresh cases -- 1,877-- was recorded on June 11.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan