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COVID-19 situation in India ‘beyond heartbreaking’: WHO chief

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The situation in India, where Covid-19 cases have surged dramatically, is “beyond heartbreaking”, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

He also added that the WHO is sending extra staff and supplies there to help fight the country’s catastrophic fresh outbreak.

“WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, prefabricated mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies,” Tedros told a briefing.

He said he had already announced 2,600 extra WHO staff members were going to India to help support the effort to fight the disease.

India is reportedly running out of Medical Oxygen just as a virulent second wave continues to devastate the country.

Hospitals across the country particularly in capital Delhi and the largest state Uttar Pradesh continued to issue SOS calls over acute oxygen shortages, with many patients dying in hospitals when oxygen supplies ran dry.

There are many scathing criticisms from country’s political leaders and public health experts of Narendra Modi government’s mishandling of COVID-19 second wave.


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