In a bid to help people who are COVID positive but cannot afford home isolation, West Bengal has come up with a novel concept of a ‘safe house’. It is a free service provided by the state government. These facilities have been established to help asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms to reside in through their recovery period. It carries an attached and separate toilet for each person. The facility has also been extended to foreign returnees who cannot afford paid quarantine and need to complete the mandatory 2 week isolation period. A total of 106 such facilities have been set up in the state with each apartment holding 10 beds. The management and operation responsibility has been given to civil defense workers.
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