Indian businessman converts office into coronavirus ward

An Indian businessman, who recovered from COVID-19, has converted his office into an 85-bed facility to provide free treatment for the poor. India so far has more than 1.5 million confirmed cases with the death toll nearing 35,000.

With public hospitals struggling to cope, Kadar Shaikh spent 20 days in a private clinic last month and was horrified by the bill. Once back on his feet, Shaikh secured approval from local authorities to convert his 2,800 square meters of office premises. The government provides and pays for the staff, medical equipment and medicine, while Shaikh bought the beds and bears the cost of bed linen and electricity.