Indian Railways Receives Request from Maharashtra for Covid Care Coaches Amid Alarming Spike

Amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country and many not able to find beds in hospitals, Indian Railways has seen a rise in demand for its Covid-19 isolation. The India Railways has received a demand from Nandurbar, a Maharashtra district close to the Gujarat border, for around 95 coaches and 1,500 beds.

According to an exclusive report by Hindustan Times, a memorandum of understanding signed between Western Railways and the district authorities on April 11 noted, “Each Covid-19 care rake will have 20 coaches, comprising modified Sleeper and General coaches; each coach can accommodate 16 patients. The coaches will be suitably positioned as mutually agreed upon between the district administration of Nandurbar and divisional administration of Mumbai division of Western Railways.”

The district is currently under lockdown till April 15 and has reported close to 400 cases daily since March.

Maharashtra on Monday reported 51,751 fresh coronavirus positive cases, a day after logging the highest 63,294 infections, while 258 people died, the state health department said. The state’s cumulative case tally now stands at 34,58,996 and the toll at 58,245, it said.

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