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Northeast Frontier Railway Adopts Six-Pronged Strategy To Combat COVID-19 Crisis

In a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Northeast Frontier Railway has been working on strengthening health infrastructure, transporting of essential commodities to avoid shortages, humanitarian efforts, in north-eastern states as well as parts of West Bengal and Bihar

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Highlights
  • The Northeast Frontier Railway is transporting essential goods
  • The NFR has modified 315 passenger coaches INto isolation facilities
  • It has provided more than 85,000 free meals to the poor till date

Guwahati: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has adopted a six-pronged strategy to strengthen health infrastructure and increase supply of essential commodities in order to assist the efforts of the Centre and the state governments to tackle the coronavirus crisis, an official said on Tuesday. The NFR has modified 315 passenger coaches to isolation facilities with about 2,500 beds, which will be made available to the health authorities as and when required, its chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda said. He said,

As the NFR serves the north-eastern states as well as parts of West Bengal and Bihar, it has taken a six-pronged strategy to live up to the expectations of people during this critical time.

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The railway division has been “contributing to reinforce the health infrastructure, transporting of essential commodities to avoid shortages, humanitarian efforts, connecting to ‘Arogya Setu’, lending a helping hand through innovation and caring for its employees”.

The NFR has also equipped the existing railway hospitals with 170 isolation beds and quarantine facilities to cater to the need for COVID-19 patients, besides recruiting additional doctors and paramedics to deal with the situation, he said.

Mr. Chanda said the NFR is making all-out efforts to ensure that there is “no shortage of essential commodities like sugar, salt and edible oil during the lockdown”. During this period, more than 450 rakes have been unloaded at different sheds located in various parts of the north-east region and the NFR is also operating parcel express trains, he said.

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Mr. Chanda further added that the railway division has provided more than 85,000 free meals till date to needy people during the ongoing lockdown. More than 88 per cent of the employees of the railway and their families have downloaded ‘Arogya Setu app’, he said.

The NFR has made innovative hands-free washing basins at various workplaces and produced more than 2,500 litres of hand sanitiser and nearly 76,000 masks for use of its staff. The NFR is making personal protective equipment for its doctors and paramedic staff in its workshops, he added.

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World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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