NEW DELHI (AP) – India on Tuesday reported more than 320,000 new cases of coronavirus infection as the country’s severe waves of disease and death escalated as its sinking healthcare system began to receive much-needed foreign aid.
As a result of 323,144 new infections on Tuesday, India led to a total of $ 17.6 million, behind only the United States. That ended the five-day series of the biggest overnight increases in any country with the epidemic, but the decline probably reflects the testing of the weekend, rather than the decline in the prevalence of the virus.
The health ministry said 2771 deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours, with about 115 Indians contracted the disease every hour. Recent death toll in India has risen to 197,894, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico. Experts say that even these figures are likely to be underestimated.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Baghchi on Tuesday released photos of India’s first shipment of medical aid from Britain. It contained 100 ventilated և 95 oxygen concentrates.
Other countries, such as the United States, Germany, Israel and Pakistan, have also promised medical assistance. The countries have announced that they will provide oxygen, diagnostic tests, treatment, air conditioners and protective equipment to help India in times of crisis, which the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adanom Hebreus, called “out of heartbreak.”
The wave, fueled by insidious versions of the coronavirus, has shattered claims of victory by the Indian government over the epidemic. The country with a population of almost 1.4 billion has a chronic shortage of space in intensive care units. There is a shortage of oxygen in hospitals, and many people have to go to temporary funerals and crematoria.
India’s top health official on Monday urged Indians to wear masks at home to prevent the virus from spreading. “It is time for people to start wearing masks inside their homes,” said Dr. VK Paul, Chairman of the Government Emergency Preparedness Committee.
India has also called for help from its armed forces. The head of India’s defense headquarters, General Bipin Rawat, said oxygen supplies would be depleted from the armed forces’ reserves, and retired medical staff would join health facilities to ease the pressure on doctors.
At the same time, in order to overcome the shortage of beds, the Indian authorities are resorting to making wagons that have been turned into isolators. India has also begun transporting oxygen tanks by air to countries in need. There are also special trains with oxygen reserves in the country.
France has been sending breathing apparatus, ICU equipment and eight oxygen generator loads to be delivered later this week. Each generator can equip a hospital with 250 beds for several years, according to the office of French President Emanuel Macron.
France will also send breathing apparatus, pumps and liquid medical oxygen containers to help up to 10,000 patients a day, according to the French Foreign Ministry. The first shipment of oxygen from Europe to India is expected to arrive next week.
The White House was moving to distribute raw materials for the AstraZeneca vaccine, diverting some US orders to the Indian Serum Institute. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Ziens told the Associated Press that the administration is working on other requirements, including personal protective equipment, tests and oxygen supply.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region.
– In late May, Japan Aponia will set up a major vaccination center in Tokyo, Osaka, to speed up the snail vaccination campaign so that at least older people can finish their second filming by the end of July, officials said on Tuesday. “On May 24, the Tokyo Vaccination Center will be set up, which will provide staff for about three months,” Cabinet Secretary-General Katsunobu Kato told reporters. The details of the Osaka Center are still being determined. Everyone will use the Moderna vaccine, which is expected to be approved by the Ministry of Health in May. So far, only 1% of Japanese people have been vaccinated. Japan launched its third state of emergency on Sunday in Tokyo, Osaka and two neighboring regions to stem the rapid renaissance of the virus three months before the Tokyo Olympics.
– Sri Lanka on Tuesday closed schools in the capital’s suburbs for four days and did housework for government employees to spark an outbreak. After reporting less than 300 new cases per day during the week, Sri Lanka confirmed 997 in the last 24 hours. Most of it was in the Colombo district, which covers the capital. Health officials warn of an expected increase, as people celebrating crowded shopping and shopping at the traditional New Year’s Eve festival on April 14 will have half of government employees called to their offices on Tuesday before the balance sheet runs from home. The government has already imposed blockades on dozens of villages in different parts of the country.
– Philippine officials are assessing whether to extend the one-month blockade in the Manila region amid a severe shock or to ease it to fight recession, unemployment and hunger. More than 1 million cases have been reported in the country, including more than 16,800 deaths. Last month’s rise prompted President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to blockade Manila again, where several hospitals were reportedly overcrowded. Cabinet officials և medical experts must meet on Tuesday to advise on continuing the blockade և Duterte may announce the decision on Wednesday.
– Australia will suspend flights from India for two weeks due to the increase in its virus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced that Australia would provide India with 509 air-conditioners with 100 oxygen concentrate tanks as well as personal protective equipment. Morrison said further assistance would follow. Last week, Morrison announced plans to cut the number of Australian permanent residents returning from India by 30%. But the number of travelers who tested positive in Australian hotel quarantines rose from 90 to 143 in one week, Morrison said.