India Calls for Help in the Fight Against Death

Published April 29th, 2021 - 03:53 GMT

India's infection and death rates are growing exponentially, overwhelming hospitals, in contrast to some wealthier Western nations that are starting to ease restrictions.

The first emergency medical supplies trickled into Covid-stricken India on Tuesday as part of a global campaign to staunch a catastrophic wave in the latest pandemic hotspot.

The virus has now killed over 3.1 million people worldwide, with India driving the latest surge in global case numbers, recording more than 2,800 deaths on Monday.

The United States would send up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine abroad. The offer came with Washington under pressure to lift restrictions on exporting vaccine and vaccine supplies.

Germany and Canada have promised support, while France said Monday it will send eight oxygen production units as well as oxygen containers and respirators to India.

The World Health Organization chief described the situation in India as "beyond heartbreaking".
 

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Relatives and family members can be seen performing the last rites of patients who died

Relatives and family members can be seen performing the last rites of patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus disease at a site of a mass cremation in Allahabad on April 27, 2021. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Funeral pyres burn as the last rites are performed of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in Allahabad

Funeral pyres burn as the last rites are performed of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in Allahabad on April 27, 2021. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Family members and ambulance workers in PPE kit carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19

Family members and ambulance workers in PPE kit (Personal Protection Equipment) carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP

A man reacts as he performs the last rites of his relative amid the funeral pyres of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi

A man reacts as he performs the last rites of his relative amid the funeral pyres of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP

Family members and relatives prepare the funeral pyre

Family members and relatives prepare the funeral pyre of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP

Burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19

Burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at an open crematorium in Bangalore on April 26, 2021. Manjunath Kiran / AFP

An elderly woman waits to receive a dose of the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine

An elderly woman waits to receive a dose of the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Mumbai on April 27, 2021. Punit PARANJPE / AFP

A patient rests inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi

A patient rests inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Money SHARMA / AFP

Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients

Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients before dispatching them to hospitals at a facility on the outskirts of Amritsar on April 28, 2021. NARINDER NANU / AFP

A Covid-19 coronavirus positive patient seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi

A Covid-19 coronavirus positive patient seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP

Relatives and family members can be seen performing the last rites of patients who died
Funeral pyres burn as the last rites are performed of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in Allahabad
Family members and ambulance workers in PPE kit carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19
A man reacts as he performs the last rites of his relative amid the funeral pyres of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi
Family members and relatives prepare the funeral pyre
Burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19
An elderly woman waits to receive a dose of the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine
A patient rests inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi
Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients
A Covid-19 coronavirus positive patient seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi
Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall
Relatives and family members can be seen performing the last rites of patients who died
Relatives and family members can be seen performing the last rites of patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus disease at a site of a mass cremation in Allahabad on April 27, 2021. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Funeral pyres burn as the last rites are performed of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in Allahabad
Funeral pyres burn as the last rites are performed of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in Allahabad on April 27, 2021. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP
Family members and ambulance workers in PPE kit carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19
Family members and ambulance workers in PPE kit (Personal Protection Equipment) carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP
A man reacts as he performs the last rites of his relative amid the funeral pyres of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi
A man reacts as he performs the last rites of his relative amid the funeral pyres of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP
Family members and relatives prepare the funeral pyre
Family members and relatives prepare the funeral pyre of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus during mass cremation held at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP
Burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19
Burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 coronavirus are seen at an open crematorium in Bangalore on April 26, 2021. Manjunath Kiran / AFP
An elderly woman waits to receive a dose of the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine
An elderly woman waits to receive a dose of the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Mumbai on April 27, 2021. Punit PARANJPE / AFP
A patient rests inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi
A patient rests inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. Money SHARMA / AFP
Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients
Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients before dispatching them to hospitals at a facility on the outskirts of Amritsar on April 28, 2021. NARINDER NANU / AFP
A Covid-19 coronavirus positive patient seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi
A Covid-19 coronavirus positive patient seen inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP
Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall
Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE kit) attends to Covid-19 coronavirus positive patients inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. Prakash SINGH / AFP