The different UN agencies made this Saturday a joint request for economic aid for the south of the Asian continent, in order to stop the coronavirus that is “exceeding” the health capacity of several countries in an advance of the virus that currently leaves three deaths per minute.

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, George Laryea-Adjei, He warned of the increase in mortality in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka or the Maldives, where in addition medical oxygen, beds and sanitary equipment are beginning to be scarce.

This week, India recorded 4,529 deaths in one day, the highest number since the pandemic broke out last year.

For its part, neighboring Nepal also experienced case positivity rates of up to 47 percent, while Sri Lanka and the Maldives are recording new highs in cases and deaths on a daily basis.

Unicef ​​warned of the impact of the health and economic crisis on children and mothers in the southern region of the continent, as health systems were already “fragile,” reported the Europa Press news agency.

“We need to do everything in our power to prevent and treat Covid-19 while maintaining the critical health care services that children and mothers depend so much on,” señaló Laryea-Adjei.

Specifically, UN agencies issued a specific response plan for Nepal that, after several months with a controlled situation, infections began to increase rapidly since mid-April.

What’s more, With nearly half of COVID-19 tests coming back positive nationally, the actual number of infections is feared to be much higher than was reported.

The official figure of about 200 deaths per day is also underestimated, according to health experts working in the area.

“The increase in cases has overwhelmed hospitals from the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities, and many have had to turn patients away due to a shortage of beds, and gaps in vital supplies, including oxygen, are reported across the country, “said UN agencies UN in a statement.

The Parliament of Nepal was dissolved for the second time in five months, amid the coronavirus pandemic, and new elections will be held in November, according to official sources cited by the AFP news agency.

Rivalries between Communist Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and his former Maoist allies have resumed as the country faces a new health crisis, short of oxygen and vaccines.

Source: Télam

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