(CNN) India has opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight the coronavirus, while health officials have announced the country’s biggest one-day increase in the number of new infections.
The COVID Sardar Patel Service Center, the largest facility of its kind in India, became partially operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available, according to the Delhi government.
The remaining 8,000 beds in the facility, located in the Chattarpur area of Delhi, will be used as of Wednesday.
Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the call center on Saturday before its launch.
In a message posted on Twitter that day, Kejriwal described the center as “one of the largest hospitals in the world”.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister tweeted that the 10,000-bed facility “would provide great relief to the people of Delhi”.
The facility’s administration and operations will be managed by the Indo-Tiberan Border Police (ITBP), confirmed Shah.
“I applaud our brave ITBP staff, who would be operating this COVID Care facility during these difficult times. Their commitment to serving the nation and the people of Delhi is unparalleled,” he added in a tweet.
The hospital’s opening coincided with the release of data from the Indian Ministry of Health on Sunday, which showed the biggest increase in the daily number of new cases of Covid-19.
The country recorded 19,906 new infections and 410 new deaths from the virus, bringing the total to 528,859 positive cases and 16,095 deaths.
Delhi became the country’s hardest hit city on Wednesday, beating Mumbai’s coronavirus count. Only the state of Maharashtra, in western India, with 159,133 cases, had more infections than the capital.