India’s dramatic covid situation raises global alarm

India’s dramatic covid situation raises global alarm

  • The “heartbreaking” situation registers record numbers of more than 350,000 daily cases, warns the WHO
  • The first shipments of British medical aid, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in the Asian country

Many countries take emergency measures to avoid the catastrophe that India is experiencing these days, which accumulates 17 million cases and 195,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, data that have set off the global alarm .

The United States continues to lead the figures for the disease, with more than 32 million infected, and in the region the list of the five most affected nations is completed by Brazil (14,369,423), Argentina (2,860,884), Colombia (2,787,303) and Mexico (2,328,391), according to the US Johns Hopkins University.

On India, the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the situation as “heartbreaking” since it registers record numbers of more than 350,000 daily cases, corresponding to more than a third of the global total.

“The situation in India is more than heartbreaking, and WHO is doing everything in its power there, mobilizing equipment and sending aid including oxygen concentrators, prefabricated mobile hospitals and laboratory supplies,” he said.

At the same time, the first shipments of British medical aid, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in India on Tuesday morning, the Indian Foreign Ministry announced to Afp.

Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted photos of the material as it was being unloaded from a Lufthansa flight in New Delhi, citing it as an example of “international cooperation.”

First day in which cases decline

India registered on Tuesday the first decrease in covid cases in 21 days, almost 30,000 less than the previous day with a total of 323,144 new infections, while there was also the first decrease in deaths in 14 days, with 41 less than the last 24 hours, up to a total of 2,771 deaths.

These positive data comes during the worst phase of the pandemic in India, bringing the cumulative total to 17.6 million cases and 197,894 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

The country has become the global epicenter of the pandemic due to the fierce advance of the virus that, in a matter of weeks, has multiplied the rate of positives dramatically, reporting record numbers and causing a health collapse in hospitals in the most affected regions. like New Delhi or western Maharashtra.

Australia suspends flights from India until May 15

On the other hand, Australia decided on Tuesday to suspend flights from India until May 15 due to the intensity of the pandemic in that Asian country that breaks infection records.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison justified this decision by the “risks” posed by travelers from India, including thousands of Australians, including famous cricketers.

Australia joined Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and New Zealand in suspending or restricting their flights to India.

The Australian government also announced that it will send medical aid, including oxygen containers, ventilators and protective equipment to India, whose hospitals are overflowing.

Melissa Galbraith
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