U.K. to boost aid to India’s health care system amid catastrophic COVID spike

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LONDON — Britain rushed to extend assist for India’s teetering well being care system on Sunday, promising extra ventilators and professional recommendation as medical doctors grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that’s killing 1000’s of individuals a day.

The U.Okay. authorities mentioned it’ll ship an extra 1,000 ventilators to India. As well as, England’s Nationwide Well being Service, which has battled one of many worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe, is creating an advisory group to share its experience with Indian authorities.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans a video assembly together with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to debate additional cooperation between the 2 nations, the U.Okay. authorities mentioned in assertion.

India recorded 392,488 new infections, down from a excessive of greater than 400,000 within the earlier 24 hours. It additionally reported 3,689 deaths, elevating total virus fatalities to 215,542. Specialists imagine each figures are undercounts.

The brand new spherical of presidency assist comes along with the 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen technology items the U.Okay. mentioned it was sending to India final week.

Non-public fundraising efforts are additionally happening all through Britain, the place 1.4 million individuals have Indian roots.

“The horrible photos we now have seen in India in latest weeks are all of the extra highly effective due to the shut and enduring connection between the individuals of the U.Okay. and India,’’ Johnson mentioned.

“I’m deeply moved by the surge of help the British individuals have offered to the individuals of India and am happy the U.Okay. authorities has been in a position to play our half in offering life-saving help.”

On the U.Okay.’s largest Hindu temple, volunteers are attempting to boost 500,000 kilos ($690,000) by racking up 7,600 kilometers (4,722 miles) on stationary bikes — roughly the gap from London to Delhi — in 48 hours.

The British Asian Belief, a charity based by Prince Charles, raised 1.5 million kilos to purchase oxygen concentrators, which extract oxygen from the air. Sikh group Khalsa Assist raised cash to purchase 200 containers of oxygen concentrators that Virgin Atlantic flew to Delhi freed from cost on Saturday.

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