India, whose daily number of coronavirus cases has been at its highest level worldwide for the past four days, has received a helping hand from German Chancellor Merkel. Merkel announced that her government is preparing emergency aid for India.
In a written statement, the German government said Chancellor Merkel “feels the terrible suffering of the people of India due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our fight against the epidemic is common. Germany is in solidarity with India and is working to send urgent support.”
The number of Covid-19 casualties in India rose to a record 2,624 on Saturday. Hospitals across the country are short of empty beds, oxygen tanks, and medicines, with warnings that the health system is at the point of collapse.
The death toll since the outbreak in the country, whose population has exceeded 1.3 billion, is close to 190,000, Euronews reported. The number of cases detected in India in the last 24 hours has reached 340,000, while the number of people who have fallen ill since the beginning of the epidemic has reached 16.5 million.
Hospital occupancy rates have risen to their highest levels following rising cases across the country, with warnings that the health system is at a “tipping point.”
Health officials say hospitals in the capital, New Delhi, are lacking oxygen tanks, beds, and some important drugs to treat Covid-19, and are calling on the central government to provide emergency assistance to the state and address the shortcomings.
The German government has not yet released details about aid to India. Der Spiegel reported, citing anonymous sources, that the German military received a request on Saturday for the supply of oxygen supplies. Earlier, China had also offered medical assistance to India, which is experiencing problems with its health system due to increasing cases.
India ranks second in the world in the ranking of the highest number of patients with Covid-19, after the United States. World Health Organization (WHO) experts are concerned that the actual figures are much higher than those announced in this country.