Rail coaches turned into isolation wards
April 07 2020 12:21 AM
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A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the exterior of a passenger train after it was converted into an isolation facility on the outskirts of Kolkata yesterday.

IANS/New Delhi

The Indian Railways has converted over 2,500 train coaches into isolation wards in 10 days since the nationwide lockdown began.
A Railway Ministry spokesman said yesterday that the plan is to initially convert 5,000 coaches for use as isolation wards.
The spokesman said different railway zones have completed an almost impossible task in a brief period amid a lockdown, when manpower resources are limited.
“With the conversion of around 2,500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for meeting any medical contingency,” he said.
“On average, 375 rail coaches are being converted daily at 133 locations across the country.”
The isolation ward coaches are equipped according to medical advisories.
lGoogle said yesterday it has started showing the locations of food shelters and night shelters in cities across India on its services like Maps, to help people, especially migrant workers.
The tech giant said it was working closely with state and central government authorities to mark the locations of these relief centres.
“As the Covid-19 situation develops, we are making a concerted effort to build solutions that help people during these times of need,” Anal Ghosh of Google India said in a statement.
“Highlighting the locations of food and night shelters on Google Maps is a step to make this information easily available to the users in need, and ensure they can avail the food and shelter services being provided by the government authorities,” Ghosh said.
People can now find these locations in 30 cities on Google Maps, Search and Google Assistant.
This will soon be available in Hindi, Google said, adding the company was working towards making the facility available in other Indian languages, as well as adding additional shelters in more cities across the country.



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