A message claiming that armed forces have set up a 1000 bed facility at Bengaluru airport is viral on social media including Whatsapp.

"Hey Everyone. Bringing it to your notice that from today onward 1000 beds facility is initiated by Armed Forces w.e.f 0800 hrs today for admission of all confirmed Carona Patients, who need immediate hospitalization. This state-of-the-art, 1000-bed COVID Care Hospital is very close to Domestic Airport T1. This facility is meant to extend a helping hand to all civilian brethren and ex-servicemen. Everything is FREE. Manned by critical care specialists, pulmonologists, doctors, and nursing officers of the Indian Armed Forces. Share it in your network. It is Near Terminal 1, Next to Raksha Sampada Bhavan. Carona patient needs to carry his/ her Aadhar Card & Positive RTPCR report for admission. The officer in charge of this facility is Maj Gen Bhatia He can be contacted on +919654895961. Also Col Gulshan Saini (Assistant Commandant) on +91 99686 56990 @Bangalore HAL (sic)," reads the message

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Fact Check:

The claim that the Corona care hospital has been set up at Bengaluru airport is FALSE.

The facility has been set up in Delhi. It was formally reopened on April 19, 2021.

According to newsonair.com, the dedicated COVID hospital re-established by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will become operational from today. The hospital has been established near Domestic Airport Terminal in New Delhi. It has 500 ICU beds.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that 250 beds will be ready by today and it will be increased to 500 within a few days. In a tweet, he said, all beds are equipped with oxygen facilities. Plus a sufficient number of ventilators are available.

A medical team drawn from the Armed Forces will look after the facility. The facility will be available free of cost. The person required in this hospital needs to bring an RT-PCR positive report and Aadhar card. There will be a large number of monitoring equipment, ventilators, basic testing facilities, and air-conditioning in this hospital, as per the WHO standards.

The tweet by All India Radio news states that the dedicated #COVID hospital re-established by #DRDO will become operational from tomorrow. The hospital has been established near Domestic Airport Terminal in New Delhi. It has 500 ICU beds.

Here are the tweets of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, and Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India.

The same claim has been debunked by Boomlive and The News Minute.

Defence PRO at Bengaluru has issued a clarification on this viral message being circulated on WhatsApp

The press release states that:

1. The message corresponds to COVID Care Hospital, opened last year at Domestic Airport, Terminal 1, Delhi & Is Not associated with Bengaluru

2. The message mischievously has been copy-pasted from the last year but tweaked to mention "HAL Bangalore"

3. It is requested that the message may kindly not be forwarded further, as it is Misinformative.

Hence, the claim that Corona care hospital has been set up in Bengaluru is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Armed forces set up COVID care hospital in Bengaluru
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

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