MUMBAI: In the next fortnight, Mumbai will get a 7,000-bed COVID-19 facility. The State government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are working overtime to create enough infrastructure to facilitate the patients.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Corporation (MMRDA) has already completed India's first open hospital of 1,000 beds with 250-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Another 535-bed facility has been made available at NESCO Ground in Goregaon.
The government is working on a new COVID-19 hospital at Mahalakshmi Race Course with 600 beds and 125 ICU facility for COVID-19 patients. The patients showing mild symptoms will be admitted here for further treatment.
Till May 31, 2,475 beds will be available at National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) at Worli, Mahalaxmi, Bandra and NESCO Goregaon for COVID-19 patients.
The BMC has already taken over the beds in private hospitals. In each municipal ward, 100 beds and 20 ICUs have been taken over by the BMC. For those who don't have quarantine facility of their own, the government has prepared a facility of COVID-19 care centre of 30,000 beds.
The BMC has also roped in more ambulances in their service. The BMC now has 450 ambulances from the earlier 100.