AP PHOTOS: Jumbo Mumbai COVID-19 hospital treats thousands | Nation/World News

MUMBAI, India (AP) – At the BKC Jumbo Field Hospital in Mumbai, a health worker adjusts an oxygen mask on a COVID-19 patient while doctors, nurses and specialists keep a watchful eye and monitor hundreds of sick people.

The pop-up mega-hospital in India’s financial capital is furnished with tents and metal partitions and looks like a war room. It has a capacity of more than 2,000 beds with state-of-the-art medical facilities, including intensive care units and beds with oxygen and ventilators. It’s mostly full.

The doctors and nurses are constantly monitoring patients, holding some hands to calm them down if they are having trouble breathing, or touching them to see how responsive they are. In some cases, they help patients talk to family members who are not allowed to visit on a cell phone.

India’s western state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai, is one of the hardest hit states in the country. He is grappling with a spate of coronavirus infections that have overwhelmed hospitals and made field facilities like BKC vital.

Maharashtra peaked last month with more than 68,000 cases per day, a number considered a massive undercount. Since then, the number of new cases reported has decreased, with just over 37,000 infections and 549 deaths reported in the past week.

Maharashtra, the country’s second largest state, has reported more than 5 million cases and more than 75,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

The BKC Field Hospital currently has 329 doctors and 330 nurses, said Dr. Rajesh Dere, the man in charge of running the hospital, who has treated more than 22,600 COVID-19 patients since it was set up last May, to provide free treatments and medication to patients.

“I think no hospital or very few hospitals could have done it on such a large scale,” said Dere.

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