India to Accommodate up to 320,000 COVID-19 Patients in Modified Train Cars

The Indian Railways will convert up to 20,000 train coaches into isolation wards from patients suffering from COVID-19, this according to a report from The Times of India. At 16 beds per coach, the national transporter would be able to service up to 320,000 infected individuals at a time. Modification of 5,000 coaches has already begun. These facilities will supplement the tens of thousands of hospitals across India.

On March 25, Indian Prime Minister announced a 21-day lockdown for the over 1.3 billion residents of his nation. The decree has caused considerable chaos, especially for hundreds of thousands of migrant laborers who have been compelled to cease their work in the cities and return to their villages. Many of these laborers have had no other choice but to walk home, in some cases hundreds of miles.

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