The country of 1.3 billion people recorded nearly 400,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. Health authorities also reported 3,689 additional deaths there, the largest increase on record in a single day, bringing the total death toll to more than 215,000.
Very high numbers believe many experts, however, are much lower than the real situation.
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday, New Delhi alone recorded 27,000 new infections and 375 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, humanitarian aid continues to flow. A French-chartered cargo plane landed in New Delhi on Sunday morning with 28 tons of medical equipment, including eight large-capacity oxygen generators, AFP reported.
Hospitals in the Indian capital are overcrowded and crippled with shortages of beds, medicines and oxygen with often fatal consequences for many people, who die in front of institutions without being able to be treated.
The French authorities said in a press release that this equipment can also fill bottles with a flow rate of 20 thousand liters per hour, so that each manufacturer is able to continuously supply an Indian hospital with 250 beds without interruption for ten years.
These oxygen stations will be delivered on Sunday to eight Indian hospitals, six in Delhi, one in Haryana state (north) and one in Telangana state (central).
One of these generators has been delivered to BLK-Max Hospital in Delhi and will be operational in two or three days.
A device like this, which produces 24 hours a day internally, would be of great help in increasing the supply. [en oxygène]The head of this private foundation, Sanjay Gupta, said.
This equipment will save lives now, he added.
This shipping, the first phase of
Solidarity process French, it also contains 28 respirators and 200 electric injection pumps.
India helped us last year in French hospitals, when the need for medicines was enormous. The French people remember itAnnounced Sunday, Emmanuel Lenin, the French ambassador to India.
We wanted to show solidarity now because the country is facing difficulties.
The United Kingdom, which already dispatched oxygen condensers and respirators this week, announced a new shipment of 1,000 respirators.
After more than 400 oxygen cylinders and 1 million coronavirus tests arrived on Friday, India received medical aid from Germany. A German military plane landed in Delhi on Saturday with 120 respirators on board.
We help […] It will save livesWalter J. Lindner, the German ambassador to India, said.
Hospitals are full. Sometimes people die in front of hospitals. They have no more oxygen. sometimes [ils meurent] In their cars.
Prolonged confinement in New Delhi
New Delhi announced, on Saturday, the extension of imprisonment for an additional week in the enormous city of 20 million people.
Most of its cemeteries are now full and many crematoriums are running continuously, with the occasional influx of deaths forcing bodies to be cremated in empty spaces or parking lots.
In April alone, Delhi recorded more than 7 million new infections.
On Sunday, the eastern state of Odisha announced its containment to slow the spread of the epidemic.
India on Saturday opened the vaccination against COVID-19 to the entire adult population, about 600 million people.
Need now. There are a lot of people who have tested positiveMeg Srivastava, a 35-year-old scientist, told AFP outside the vaccination center in Delhi on Saturday as she prepares for the vaccine.
However, several states, including Maharashtra and New Delhi – are among the hardest hit – have warned of running out of vaccines.
The expansion of this campaign also comes in the face of administrative disputes and confusion over pricing and technical issues on the government’s digital vaccination platform.
So far, about 150 million vaccines have been given in total, or only 11.5% of the population, and 25 million people have received just two injections.