Mumbai vaccination stops amid record India COVID rise

Release time:2021-04-30 Publisher:Lanka Voice

India on Friday posted yet another record daily rise in coronavirus cases as hospitals across the country run out of beds and oxygen.
A United States military plane has brought the first emergency supplies as part of a huge international aid operation to help the country battle its devastating surge.
All vaccination centres in India’s financial capital of Mumbai have been shut for three days due to a shortage of vaccines, said authorities, as the country posted another record daily rise in coronavirus cases.
India is the world’s biggest producer of vaccines but does not have enough stockpiles to keep up with the second deadly COVID-19 wave, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government plans to vaccinate all adults starting May 1. Only about 9 percent of India’s 1.4 billion people have received a vaccine dose since January.
Modi is scheduled to meet cabinet of ministers on Friday as the wave of infections cripples the nation’s health system and threatens to impact major businesses as absenteeism grows with staff falling sick or taking leave to tend to sick relatives.
India has posted a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 386,452, while deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,498 over the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data.
India has added about 7.7 million cases to its total case load since the end of February, when its second wave picked up steam, according to a Reuters news agency tally.
In contrast, it took India nearly six months to add the previous 7.7 million cases.
A Super Galaxy military transporter carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders and other hospital equipment and nearly one million rapid coronavirus tests has landed at New Delhi’s international airport as the Indian capital battles a major pandemic crisis.

The delivery, which flew in from the Travis military base in California, followed talks this week between US President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The United States is delivering supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days to provide urgent relief to our partners in India,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.
US officials said the special flights, which will also bring equipment donated by companies and individuals, will continue into next week.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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