BBMP Converts Bengaluru International Exhibition Center Into 10,000-Bed COVID Care Facility


Bengaluru is all set to open a massive COVID-Care Centre with a 10,000-bed facility at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC).

In what is going to be the biggest COVID-Care Centre in the state of Karnataka, the center will be used to house mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in the city. The Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre is a huge venue that is situated on the outskirts of the city. The center was used earlier to shelter migrant laborers who were homeless after the first phase of the lockdown post the coronavirus outbreak in the city.


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Courtesy: The News Minute

On Sunday, the Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, BH Anil Kumar visited the newly converted facility along with MLA SR Vishwanath and inspected the center. BH Anil Kumar said,

“The center is well-ventilated, has an adequate number of toilets, nursing stations, kitchens, and other required facilities.”

Cases Rise In Bengaluru

Currently, the Karnataka government officials are concerned and are dealing with a surge in the cases in the city of Bengaluru. As of the 5th of July, the city has reported over 8,345 COVID-19 cases of which 7,250 are active. On Saturday alone, Bengaluru reported 1,172 cases. On Sunday, the city reported over 1,273 cases in the city. The city is inching closer to 10,000 cases. With the unexpected increase, the officials in the city have started to convert Indoor stadiums and ashrams into COVID-Care Centres. The authorities also released a list of 16 government hospitals and 73 private hospitals where patients will be admitted.


There have been several instances in the city of Bengaluru where patients had to succumb to the disease because they couldn’t find a bed or a hospital which could admit them. Following the incidents, the officials announced that BESCOM’s 1912 helpline can now be used to inform grievances about hospitals denying to admit patients.

In one of the incidents, a 65-year-old man collapsed outside his house waiting for an ambulance. The man was tested positive for the novel coronavirus. After the incident, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner BH Anil Kumar visited the victim’s family and apologized because the ambulance did not arrive even after 3 hours of calling.


Source: The News Minute