India’s COVID situation is ‘heartbreaking’: WHO chief...

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India’s COVID situation is ‘heartbreaking’: WHO chief

 International Desk

 Published: 11:08 AM, 27 April 2021   Updated: 11:09 AM, 27 April 2021

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Photo: Collected

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Photo: Collected

The second wave of Covid-19 has taken the shape of a tsunami in India. People of all classes are affected by the virus infections. In the meantime, the oxygen crisis has occurred in various hospitals. The health infrastructure of the capital Delhi has collapsed. The work of giving oxygen to the Covid-19 patients is going on in the parking lot. Even after death, the burial ground is not being found. In such a situation, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern over the growing Covid-19 outbreak in India on Monday.

He described the current situation in India as “heartbreaking”. The head of the WHO says the organization is sending additional personnel to India to fight the pandemic. “The number of infections and deaths has declined somewhat in some countries. however, many countries are still in severe crisis due to Covid-19. The situation in India is more than heartbreaking,” he said

“We’re doing what we can,” Tedros Adhanom said, adding that necessary equipment is also being provided. Thousands of oxygen containers and mobile field hospitals and laboratories are being sent to India. Besides, the WHO has sent 2,600 experts to India who worked on polio and tuberculosis.

The world’s daily infection rate has been steadily rising for the past 9 weeks. Most of the cases are from India. As a result, the COVID situation in India is concerning the whole world. 

Meanwhile, the United States has said it will send “raw materials” to India to make COVID antidote. The US President had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the other hand, Britain and the European Union (EU) have said that they will stand by India. Singapore, UAE has extended a helping hand. Google has offered Tk 135 crore in aid during the crisis. Microsoft has also come forward.

On the last day, 352,991 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country. So far, a total of 1,73,13,163 people have been infected in the country.