Covid-19: Quarantine facilities to have 60,000 beds

NEW DELHI: The government said on Wednesday that it has adequate facilities to quarantine about 60,000 coronavirus patients at various central and state government locations if needed.

With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country increasing to 151, government officials said provisions for 12,000 beds have been made at central government facilities, including Indian Army and central armed police forces (CAPFs), while state governments have more than 26,000 quarantine locations and another 22,000 beds are available at Haj facilities. The army will provide 4,500 beds at Manesar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jhansi, Gaya and Binnauri, according to officials, while CAPFs, including ITBP, CRPF, BSF, SSB and Assam Rifles, have set up facilities to deal with 5,500 cases.

A total of 218 Indians, mostly students brought from Italy, have been under isolation at the ITBP facility at Chhawla in Delhi. The army said it is treating 484 patients in Jaisalmer after they were brought from Iran, with 195 of them being ferried on Wednesday.

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