India hits new COVID-19 infection record, US pledges help


India has battled the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak and on Monday recorded another record for new cases with 352,991 in the past 24 hours and 2,812 deaths.

Reuters reported that the situation in the country is dire, with hospitals in Delhi and other cities being forced to turn away patients due to a lack of medical oxygen and other supplies.

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“Every hospital is running out (of oxygen). We’re running out,” Dr Sudhanshu Bankata, executive director of Batra Hospital, a leading hospital in the capital, told a local station.

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said in a statement on Sunday that the United States stood ready to support “our Indian partners in their hour of need.”

He said he had ordered the department “to use all resources at our disposal, within our authority” to quickly provide frontline healthcare workers in India with the materials they need. He said he had tasked the department with providing transportation and logistics assistance and was ready to “deliver the necessary supplies”, including oxygen-related equipment.

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The BBC reported that the UK on Sunday dispatched its first shipment aid comprising 495 oxygen concentrators, which the report said have the ability to extract oxygen from the air if hospital systems fail. distort. A correspondent for the network that covers India posted a video on Twitter which she said showed an oxygen tanker being escorted by police.

A patient with the Covid-19 coronavirus lies on a stretcher outside a New Delhi hospital on April 24, 2021. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP via Getty Images)

A patient with the Covid-19 coronavirus lies on a stretcher outside a New Delhi hospital on April 24, 2021. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP via Getty Images)

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The outbreak of infection in India, attributed to a highly contagious variant first detected here, came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory over the coronavirus in January, telling the World Economic Forum virtual rally that the India’s success could not be compared to anywhere else.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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