BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: As of 5.00 pm on March 30, the number of active cases in India stood at 1,017 and number of deaths 29. As India enters into its second week of lockdown during which the viral infection is expected to peak, the government is taking measures to enforce social distancing as one the measures.
Besides the advisory, an infrastructure is being created to have mobile isolation wards around the country that will cater to remote areas if need be.
The Western Command of the Indian Army has announced through its social media handle on Twitter that it has successfully converted a bus to carry patients with symptoms of COVID-19. According to a tweet by the Additional Directorate General of Public Information of the Indian Army, the modified bus has been scientifically designed with a single entry, treatment chamber along with ventilators, isolation of driver and co-driver along with disposable seat covers.
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) March 28, 2020
The railways are taking active part in this exercise and the ministry has activated plans for converting railway coaches into quarantine facilities. One such coach has already been turned into a prototype quarantine facility, the Indian Railways said in a statement on Saturday.
Features of the isolation coach include bathrooms created by renovating toilets and electrical modifications for medical instruments.
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— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 29, 2020
“The Railways will offer clean, sanitised and hygienic surroundings for the patients to comfortably recover,” said Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister for Railways, on Saturday.