India: First UK Covid aid arrives as coronavirus deaths rise

INDIA has received medical supplies from the UK arrived on Tuesday – the first international shipment aimed at stemming a devastating Covid-19 surge.

This comes after are overwhelmed, with people waiting in the streets outside, with India recording 320 000 new infections and 200 000 deaths.

The US, France and Germany are among nations sending desperately needed aid.

France is sending oxygen production units, as well as oxygen containers and respirators.

US President Joe Biden said he would send up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine abroad and India could be a prime recipient.

The World Health Organization, WHO, chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said it was “doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi added that it was “international co-operation at work”, but it is just the first trickle in what needs to be a flood of supplies.

More to follow….


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