For the first time in 167 years, Indian Railways, Asia’s oldest rail network suspended its railway operations when Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown . The railway network has now converted as many as 20,000 old train carriages as isolation wards for patients. The purpose of these trains is to ease some of the pressure from hospitals in case the number of coronavirus patients begins to rise. Each carriage is sanitized and will be able to accommodate up to 16 patients. These trains are not designed to function as full-service hospitals, but only for COVID-19 positive patients who are not critically ill. As of April 1, 2020, India’s record showed 4,288 cases of COVID-19, including 117 fatalities.
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