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COVID-19 pandemic | Health Ministry issues guidelines for railway coaches-turned isolation wards

Considering the increase in COVID-19 cases, Railways has converted coaches of trains into isolation wards for those infected with the coronavirus.

June 16, 2020 / 04:15 PM IST

Amid surging COVID-19 numbers in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for the appropriate management of coronavirus infected patients in Indian Railways coaches-turned isolation wards for such cases, The Times of India has reported.

India registered over 10,000 COVID-19 cases for the fifth day in a row pushing tally to 3,43,091 on June 16 while the death toll rose to 9,900 with 380 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country recorded 10,667 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours.

Considering the increase in COVID-19 cases, Railways has converted coaches of trains into isolation wards for those infected with the coronavirus.

For these COVID-19 care centres, the union health ministry has laid down the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), in which it asked Railways to designate state-wise nodal officers for allocation of trains and for coordinating with the respective State/Union Territory government, according to the report.