New Delhi, May 9 -- The Centre has drafted a plan to deploy 5,231 railway coaches as isolation wards across 215 stations in 15 states "considering the possibility of an increase in cases of Covid-19."

The ministry of railways said on Thursday the plan is to use these coaches if a state has "exhausted the facilities and needs to augment capacities for isolation..."

The health ministry has come out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for deploying these coaches. "The coaches can be used for very mild cases that can be clinically assigned to the COVID care centres as per guidelines issued by the health ministry," it said.

The coaches shall be deployed in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu &...