India COVID cases cross 18m, US to send $100m supplies

Release time:2021-04-29 Publisher:Lanka Voice

As India grapples with the world’s worst coronavirus crisis, fires in crematoriums continue to burn around the clock with capital New Delhi reporting one death every four minutes.
Thursday marked another grim record high with 379,257 new infections and 3,645 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a mass vaccination drive due to begin on the weekend is also facing a setback as Indians are struggling to register online.
To help cope with the country’s shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen, allies overseas are sending equipment.
The White House said the United States is sending supplies worth more than $100m to India to help it fight the surge of COVID cases.
The supplies, which will begin arriving on Thursday and continue into next week, include 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks and one million rapid diagnostic tests, the statement said.
The US also redirected its own order of AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturing supplies to India, which will allow it to make more than 20 million doses, according to the White House.
“Just as India sent assistance to the United States when our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need,” the White House said in a factsheet outlining the aid.
Taiwan has bought 150 oxygen concentrators and plans to send them to India this weekend and is also looking at providing further aid, foreign minister Joseph Wu said.
Wu told reporters that they had been working on an aid package for India and have already purchased 150 oxygen concentrators, which should be sent this weekend.
“We are in the process of buying more oxygen concentrators and buying raw materials from overseas so our companies at home can produce even more,” he said.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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