New Delhi: In an effort to supplement national efforts in combating COVID 19, Indian Railways has converted 2,500 coaches into isolation wards, achieving half of its target of delivering 5000 such coaches. In the wake of rising cases of  COVID-19, a railway official had said last month that such a move can help the government and all other authorities to be well-prepared to meet any emergency. Also Read - Railway Coaches Being Converted Into Isolation Wards | This is What it Looks Like

Soon after the prototype of such a coach was approved in March, conversion action was started quickly by Zonal Railways.

”Amid the lockdown, when manpower resources are limited and have to be rationalised and rotated, different zones of railways have almost done an impossible task of so many conversions in a small span of time. With the conversion of around 2500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for contingency”, the Railways said.

However, the statement noted that these isolation coaches are being prepared only as a contingency.

The statement further informed that the work is being carried out at 133 locations in the country and on an average, 375 coaches are being converted by the Railways in a day.

All these coaches which are now ready for use are equipped as per medical advisories issued and efforts are being done to ensure the best possible stay and medical supervision as per the needs and norms.

The Ministry of Railways also shared a behind-the-scenes video showing the process of conversion of rail coaches into isolation wards:

With 490 new COVID-19 patients and 26 fresh casualties in the last 12 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in India soared to 4,067 and the death toll mounted to 109 on Monday.