PARIS: France plans to supply India “significant” further oxygen capability within the coming days to assist the nation address a document surge in Covid-19 infections, the French presidency mentioned on Sunday.
The help is to incorporate badly wanted oxygen ventilators, a supply instructed AFP with out offering additional particulars.
France joins different international locations reminiscent of Germany, Britain and the United States in coming to assistance from India, which with a brand new coronavirus variant spreading via its 1.three billion folks, has grow to be the world’s high coronavirus hotspot in current days, reporting 349,691 new instances on Sunday alone.
The EU as a complete can be making ready fast help for India, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen mentioned earlier.
“Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support,” von der Leyen mentioned on Twitter.
“The EU is pooling resources to respond rapidly to India’s request for assistance via the EU civil protection mechanism.”
The mechanism permits European Union international locations to coordinate their assist in instances of emergency.
India recorded 2,767 deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday — the best for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
In the capital New Delhi, there have been stories of overwhelmed hospitals, extreme oxygen and drugs shortages and sufferers’ households pleading for assistance on social media.