Some 20,000 coaches from Indian Railways will be converted into coronavirus isolation wards that can accommodate up to 320,000 patients, the government has said.
Work on converting the coaches - each of which will have 16 beds - has already begun.
India has been ramping up its medical efforts in recent days, including by converting sports stadiums into quarantine facilities across states.
There are fears that the country's fragmented healthcare system doesn't have the resources needed to handle the crisis. The country has eight doctors per 10,000 people, compared to 41 in Italy and 71 in South Korea.
There is also a scarcity of isolation beds, trained nursing staff and medics, and ventilators and intensive care beds.@UNinHindi/TwitterCopyright: @UNinHindi/Twitter