LIFE saving ventilators are being despatched to India from the UK after folks have been dying on the street within the “world’s worst Covid surge”.
Over 600 items of medical equipment will arrive within the pandemic-stricken nation after Boris Johnson vowed to “stand aspect by aspect” with India.
On Sunday, India set a brand new world report for day by day Covid infections, reporting 349,691 circumstances – bringing the entire to 16.96 million.
Dominic Raab tweeted: “Right this moment we’ve despatched the primary of a number of pressing deliveries of surplus medical tools to our mates in India to assist present life-saving look after weak Covid sufferers. No-one is protected till we’re all protected.”
9 airline container a great deal of provides, together with 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 handbook ventilators – are set to be despatched to India this week.
Mr Johnson, who had been as a consequence of go to India this week however cancelled as a result of spike in circumstances, stated: “We stand aspect by aspect with India as a good friend and accomplice throughout what’s a deeply regarding time within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
“Very important medical tools, together with a whole lot of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now on its method from the UK to India to help efforts to stop the tragic lack of life from this horrible virus.
“We’ll proceed to work intently with the Indian authorities throughout this troublesome time and I am decided to be sure that the UK does all the pieces it may possibly to help the worldwide neighborhood within the world struggle in opposition to pandemic.”
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated: “The center-breaking scenes in India present as soon as once more how terrible this horrible illness is.
“We’re decided to help the folks of India via this very troublesome time, and I’m massively grateful to those that have labored onerous to make this preliminary supply occur.
“This primary supply of life saving tools will present a lot wanted help and we stand able to do extra.”
The White Home has stated that help can even be coming from Washington
The center-breaking scenes in India present as soon as once more how terrible this horrible illness is.
“To assist deal with COVID-19 sufferers and defend front-line well being staff in India, the US has recognized provides of therapeutics, fast diagnostic take a look at kits, ventilators, and Private Protecting Gear (PPE) that can instantly be made accessible for India,” stated an announcement.
UK circumstances of the Indian coronavirus variant have risen by 75 per cent within the final week, official information has revealed.
India has been placed on the UK’s journey ‘purple checklist’ as Covid infections proceed to rise within the nation.
Public well being officers in India have claimed that hovering case charges within the nation may very well be right down to a brand new “triple mutant” – however it’s not but clear whether it is extra infectious and if it may possibly evade vaccines.
Our bodies have been burned 24 hours a day in India because the virus surges.
Our bodies are being cremated via the night time – opposite to Hindu customized which dictates no our bodies be burned after sunset – to deal with the backlog.
The hold-up is so extreme that households are having to attend hours in 35C warmth earlier than they’ll cremate their family members.
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Funeral pyres have been sending smoke into the sky throughout the nation continuous.
Dr A Fathahudeen, a medic a part of Kerala state’s Covid taskforce, stated: “I stated in February that Covid had not gone wherever and a tsunami would hit us if pressing actions weren’t taken.
“Sadly, a tsunami has certainly hit us now.”