The Sardar Patel COVID Care Center, India’s largest such facility, became partially operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of the 10,000 beds available, according to the Delhi government.
Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arwind Keirival visited the care center on Saturday before its launch.
In a message posted on Twitter the same day, Kerival described the center as “among the largest hospitals in the world.”
Meanwhile, the interior minister tweeted that the 10,000-bed facility “will provide huge relief for the people of Delhi.”
The administration and operations of the facility will be led by the Indo-Tiber Border Police (ITBP), Shah confirmed.
“I applaud our courageous ITBP staff who will operate this COVID care facility during these experimental times. Their commitment to serving the nation and the people of Delhi is unparalleled,” he added on Twitter.
The opening of the hospital coincided with the release of data from the Indian Ministry of Health on Sunday, which showed the largest increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19.
The country reported 19,906 new infections and 410 new deaths from the virus, resulting in 528,859 positive cases and 16,095 deaths.
Delhi became the most affected city on Wednesday, surpassing the Mumbai coronavirus. In western India alone, Maharashtra, with 159,133 cases, had more infections than the capital.
CNN’s Vedika Court contributed to this report