500 railway carriages to be turned into hospital wards in Delhi

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500 railway carriages to be turned into hospital wards in Delhi
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Amid surging coronavirus cases in the National Capital Region, the federal government has announced 500 more railway carriages will be converted into 8000-bed hospital wards for coronavirus patients.

India just recently noticed the largest ever single-day spike in fresh cases (12,000) on Sunday, leading a total of 320,000 COVID-19 infected in the country.

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah chaired a meeting which was attended by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, and AIIMS Director among other officials to review Delhi’s COVID-19 situation.

The government announced in a statement they will ramp up the city’s testing to double than the current pace in the next two days and by the next six days, it will be trebled.

“Committee set up to ensure availability of 60% beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of Corona testing and treatment” – Amit Shah was quoted as saying.

With the railway carriages as makeshift hospitals Delhi’s total bed count will reach 9,698 according to reports.

India is currently the fourth worst-hit country in the world with 320,922 officially confirmed cases according to data tallied by the Johns Hopkins university. That makes the word’s largest democracy just below Russia Brazil and the US in terms COVID count.

The Narendra Modi government imposed a nation-wide lockdown on April which has been gradually loosened since the last month. Stores, markets, religious places were thrown open to the public under strict protocols.