Covid-19 outbreak: Indian Railways to convert train coaches into isolation wards

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​Isolation

Following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, there has been an increased need for facilities to quarantine oneself in - to answer this demand, Indian Railways has found an ingenious solution.

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​Train coaches

In a bid to increase the country’s capacity for isolation facilities, the Railways is formulating a plan to turn its train coaches into quarantine hubs.

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​Power

Following the nation-wide lockdown, the Indian Railways has suspended trains across the country, meaning the transporter can effectively park coaches in places where there is power and access to a pantry.

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​Design
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The coaches (which have nine segments, with six berths each) will be divided into sections with space for at least nine patients per coach.

ANI
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​Food

The Railways plan to convert pantry cars into a mobile kitchen to ensure supply to stations where there are no base kitchens (unlike the Mumbai CST).

AFP
​Disinfection
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​Disinfection

Once the Railways identifies coaches, they will be disinfected and will be made ready for being used as quarantine facilities.

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