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Indian Railways coaches turn into isolation cabins for Covid-19 patients

In a bid to battle the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Indian Railways has transformed some of the train coaches into isolation wards for Covid-19 patients.

In order to construct an isolation cabin of the patient, the middle berth has been removed from one side of the coach while all three berths have been removed in front of the patient berth.

All ladders for climbing up the berths have also been removed. The bathrooms, aisle areas and other areas have also been modified to prepare the isolation coach.

The government has upped its preparedness to fight the outbreak. Private laboratories have been roped in for bolstering the testing capacity in the country.  

Approvals for diagnostic devices for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) can be granted within seven to 10 days if necessary conditions are met, the country’s apex drugs and diagnostics regulator Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has said at a time when India is trying to fast-track the process in the wake of rising cases in the country.

CDSCO has created a coronavirus unit that will examine applications quickly and recommend them for approval.

The government has directed the states and Union Territories to create a dedicated facility for Covid-19 positive cases. Close to 20 states have already started identifying hospitals that can be used to isolate and treat positive cases.

To meet the shortage of ventilators in the country, the government has prohibited export of ventilators and has also asked two public sector undertakings to manufacture about 40,000 ventilator units. The government is also ensuring an adequate supply of personal protection equipment (PPE), N-95 masks and hand sanitisers that are instrumental in infection control.

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