For the fourth day in a row, India set a world record of nearly 350,000 coronavirus cases, so the New Delhi authorities, also concerned about the shortage of medical oxygen registered in their health system, decided extend the confinement for one more week, until May 3.
“We have decided to extend the confinement for a week. The ravages of the coronavirus continue and there is no truce. They all agree to extend the confinement, “announced the head of Government of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, on the closure that had originally been scheduled until April 26.
The situation in the country, with 1,300 million inhabitants, is critical: according to the authorities of the Ministry of Health, In the last 24 hours, 349,691 new cases and 2,767 deaths from coronavirus were registered. The figures for the last 7 days are just as discouraging, with 2 million new infections, a 58% increase over the previous week.
The most affected city is New Delhi, the capital where 29 million inhabitants live, which accumulated in the last 24 hours a record 357 deaths from the virus and more than 20,000 daily cases and had a positivity rate of up to 32%.
Last Monday, to try to alleviate The saturation of the hospitals, collapsed due to lack of beds and oxygen, the authorities ordered a lockdown that was to last a week.
“We had imposed a 6-day blockade on Delhi. The blockade will last until next Monday at 5. Although the positivity rate was reduced, Delhi has experienced an acute shortage of medical oxygen“Kejriwal lamented.” Everyone voted for the extension of the blockade. The positivity rate reached as high as 36-37% in recent days, although it has now dropped slightly. Today it is around 29%, “he added.
To monitor oxygen availability, the Delhi Government decided that manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals will update supply and consumption data every two hours in a portal created by it.
The European Union (EU) announced that it is preparing to give “assistance” to India, activating its European civil protection mechanism, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced this Sunday.
“The EU puts its resources to respond quickly to India’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, “tweeted Von der Leyen, who said she was” alarmed by the epidemiological situation “in the Asian country.
The United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Pakistan also offered assistance.. “We are working closely with our Indian Government peers and we will rapidly deploy additional aid to the Indian people and their health care heroes,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken posted on Twitter.
For his part, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, assured this Sunday that “vital medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are now traveling from the UK to India. “The first shipment, to be followed by others throughout the week, should arrive in New Delhi early Tuesday, according to the British Foreign Ministry. In total, nine air containers will be shipped. of supplies.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel anticipated that her Government was also preparing an emergency aid shipment. “I want to express to the people of India my condolences for the terrible suffering that COVID-19 has caused again in their communities,” Merkel said in a joint message with her spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, via Twitter. “The fight against the pandemic it is our common struggle. Germany stands in solidarity with India and is urgently preparing a support mission, “he added.
Pakistan also offered its assistance “as a gesture of solidarity with the people.” “Pakistan has offered assistance, including ventilators, oxygen supply kits, digital X-ray machines, personal protective equipment and related items,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.