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From Sanitising Trains, Stations To Thermal Screening Passengers: How Railways Is Gearing Up To Fight COVID-19

To help contain the outbreak of coronavirus, Indian Railways has taken up multiple measures like thermal screening of passengers inside the trains, disinfecting trains at frequent intervals and withdrawing the facility of providing bed-sheets and blankets in AC coaches

From Sanitising Trains, Stations To Thermal Screening Passengers: How Railways Is Gearing Up To Fight COVID-19

New Delhi: With coronavirus cases in India crossing the 130 mark, the Railways has geared up to minimise the spread of the outbreak by undertaking multiple measures for prevention of COVID 19 infection. According to the Ministry of Railways, railway medical wing and divisional railway managers have been directed to ensure that adequate prevention measures are put in place across all zones of the railways. While talking to NDTV about the efforts being taken up to contain the pandemic, an official from Northern Railways said,

It is being ensured that adequate prevention measures are put in place across the Indian Railway system. We are going through a critical time and it is necessary that each one of us come together to tackle this pandemic. We have sensitized and educated our staff about coronavirus. We have also put posters at prominent spots and are playing audio and video clips in the station and the trains to raise awareness about the outbreak among the passengers.

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The official further said that hygiene and cleanliness in the station and inside trains are being given utmost importance and the trains and interiors of coaches are being thoroughly sanitised and cleaned regularly.
Ministry of Railways has also shared,

With a view to stop possibility of spread of germs, coaches of suburban trains are being disinfected from time to time with a disinfectant.

Recently, Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal shared via his twitter account that thermal screening of passengers is being carried out and help desks are being set up for the passengers to help them get the right information about coronavirus outbreak.

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Mr. Goyal also said that railways have started educating and alerting passengers inside trains in Thiruvananthapuram division along with screening them to effectively curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

Apart from sanitising trains and stations and thermal screening the passengers, the Central Railway wing of Indian Railways has also announced an increase in the price of platform ticket from Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 in order to discourage people from crowding at stations and platforms.

Indian Railways which, as per the Ministry of Railways, ferries more than 20 million passengers per day, has also taken steps like withdrawing the facility of providing curtains, blankets and bedsheets in AC coaches so that it doesn’t become the breeding ground of the virus. Railways has also dedicated over 1,000 beds in Railway hospitals for treating suspected coronavirus cases and more than12,000 beds for quarantining them at different locations, as per the Ministry of Railways.

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World

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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