Reuters reported that a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief of General Staff Pepin Rawat resulted in hospitals receiving oxygen from military reserves and retired military medical personnel assisting the under-stretched medical staff.
In addition, the military care system for civilians will be opened up wherever possible, according to the government. Health Minister Harsh Vardan promises to “excite heaven and earth” to tackle the challenges of the Coronavirus.
The virus has killed more than 195,000 people in India, and killed more than 2,800 people in the past 24 hours alone, according to Reuters.
On Monday alone, nearly 353,000 new infections were recorded, a record for the fifth consecutive day.
A total of 17.3 million cases were found. But the dark figure in the country, where more than 1.3 billion people live, is believed to be large.
The escalating spread of infection has resulted in desperate hospitals, attracting patients and severe hypoxia.
“The nation shook”
The United States, Britain, Germany, France and Canada are lining up for India with medical equipment, among others, according to Agence France-Presse and Reuters. This is not the least of it for respirators and oxygen.
Prime Minister Modi said in a radio address over the weekend that the Covid-19 storm “shook the nation”, urging his citizens to vaccinate and be vigilant.
Developments in India led to the Netherlands banning passenger flights from the hard-hit country. The state stated that the ban will continue until May 1 Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is already a similar entry ban for people from South Africa and countries in Central and South America.
He gets the red list
France has also responded to the Indian crisis. The other day, a requirement for a ten-day quarantine was introduced for travelers from there, according to the airline’s website Simple Flying.
The United Kingdom has placed India on its “red list”, which means that only British and Irish citizens, or people with residence permits in countries, are permitted to enter from India. However, everyone must be isolated for ten days.
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