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A French plane bringing medical equipment arrived in India on Sunday, thus reinforcing the international aid provided for a few days in a country which once again, on Saturday, recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 contaminations.
International aid continued, Sunday, May 2, to arrive in India, where vaccination has been extended to all 600 million adults despite the shortage of vaccines, in the face of record levels of Covid-19 contamination.
On the front line in the face of the pandemic with Brazil, India on Saturday recorded 401,993 new contaminations over the last 24 hours, a world record, announced the Ministry of Health.
In total, more than 151 million people have been infected worldwide since the end of 2019, of which more than 3.18 million have died, according to an AFP report on Saturday.
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International medical aid, announced by more than 40 countries, started arriving this week. A US military plane carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders and a million coronavirus tests landed in New Delhi on Friday. A German plane followed on Saturday.
Arrival of French aid
Sunday morning, a French device landed in the Indian capital with 28 tons of medical equipment, including eight large-capacity oxygen generators, each capable of continuously supplying an Indian hospital with 250 beds, according to the reports. French authorities.
“India helped us last year in French hospitals, when the need for drugs was enormous. The French people remember it,” Emmanuel Lenain, the French ambassador to India, said on Sunday.
Emmanuel Lenain, French Ambassador to India
In the huge country of 1.3 billion people, several states have warned they are running out of vaccines.
So far, around 150 million vaccines have been administered, representing 11.5% of the population, and just 25 million Indians have received their two doses.
In an attempt to ease the pressure on health services, authorities in New Delhi have announced a one-week extension of confinement, which was due to end on Monday, in the megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants, where tests show a positivity rate of almost 33%.
The city’s hospitals, overwhelmed, lack beds, medicine and oxygen. Patients die in front of establishments without being able to be treated. Many of New Delhi’s cemeteries are now full and crematoriums are in continuous operation, sometimes burning bodies on vacant lots or parking lots.