Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will add 250 beds to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID Hospital here on Saturday evening. The total number of beds at the hospital will go up to 500.
In a tweet Singh said, "The DRDO is adding another 250 beds later in the evening today at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital in New Delhi, taking the total number of beds to 500. In Gujarat, a 1,000-bed hospital has become operational." DRDO reopened its Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital in Delhi Cantt in view of the surge in coronavirus cases. The facility was closed in the first week of February after COVID-19 cases came down.
India recorded 3,46,786 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic broke out last year. According to the official data issued by the Union Health Ministry, the country has recorded 2,624 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The country's total infection count has mounted to 1,66,10,481 cases, while 1,89,544 people have succumbed to the viral infection so far. Currently, there are 25,52,940 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, said the official data of the ministry. As many as 1,38,67,997 recoveries have been reported so far. Out of which 2,19,838 reported in the last 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 27,61,99,222 samples tested for COVID-19 up to April 23. Of these, 17,53,569 tested yesterday. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in the country stands at 13,83,79,832.