Railways deploys 20 Covid care coaches in Bhopal as infections surge

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Indian Railways has converted 20 coaches with 320 beds into the Covid care center in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal.

Indian Railways has converted 20 coaches with 320 beds into the Covid care center in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, tweeted Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

These coaches will start functioning from tomorrow, the minister said as the country grapples with the scarcity of beds and oxygen.

“In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 20 Covid Care Coaches have been arranged by the Indian Railways, which will have 320 beds. These coaches will start functioning from April 25,” tweeted Goyal.

Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had assured Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that the army hospitals in the state will be opened for the public during the ongoing pandemic.

The Indian Railways has converted 4,002 train coaches into Covid care-cum-isolation facilities to provide assistance to state governments amid surging coronavirus cases in the country.

Additionally, as some states are facing scarcity of medical oxygen amid surging COVID-19 cases in the country, railways are transporting Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and oxygen cylinders across the key corridors.

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