Indian Army to build more quarantine facilities to combat coronavirus in India
New Delhi : Amid rising number of coronavirus cases in India, the Army has decided to expand quarantine facilities at multiple locations with an additional capacity to cater to 1,500 people.
An advisory has also been issued to the military stations, army formations and service hospitals, asking the personnel and officials to avoid foreign travels.
Army sources said the possible locations to set up quarantine facilities included Jaisalmer, Suratgarh, Secundrabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
According to a news report, the quarantine facilities will also be made at the Army hospitals. Till date, coronavirus has claimed around 3400 lives and has spread its wings to around 90 countries.
The Army headquarters said service hospitals will work in synergy with local civil medical authorities and designated ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) labs.
In January, the Army had created a quarantine facility in Manesar to keep people with suspected symptoms of the coronavirus.
India has registered around 31 cases of coronavirus, including 16 Italian tourists. Nearly, 29000 people have been put under scrutiny who had come in contact with the coronavirus patient.
The Army headquarters also directed all its formations and bases to launch awareness campaigns about preventive measures.