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The civic administration of Pune, India is making efforts to increase beds for Covid-19 patients at private hospitals, predicting a rise in the number of cases next month.

So far, the city has recorded approximately 24,000 coronavirus cases and 940 deaths.

As part of its pre-emptive measures to increase bed availability, the civic administration held discussions with more than 100 private hospitals and asked the facilities to commit additional beds.

The hospitals agreed to provide a total of 700 additional beds with oxygen supply and also 105 ICU beds, reported Indian Express.

The Pune Divisional Commissioner will set up a dashboard to reflect each patient admission and discharge on the hospital-wise bed availability.

Currently, 27 hospitals in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area and 109 across the district are providing care for Covid-19 patients.

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Municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad was quoted by PTI as saying: “We had a meeting with representatives of over 100 private hospitals in the city to increase Covid beds. I ordered that some hospitals be converted into 100% Covid care centres.

“We are also thinking of creating a jumbo facility in the city which will be equipped with oxygen beds and have necessary medical staff. Search is on for a place to set it up.”

Earlier this week, world’s largest Covid-19 care facility, named Sardar Patel’s COVID Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH), in New Delhi, India started accepting patients.

Located at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur area, the 10,000-bed facility was created by the South Delhi District Administration with support from the Union ministry of Home Affairs in ten days.

The hospital will serve as an isolation centre for mild and asymptomatic patients.