France to provide “significant” oxygen assistance to India | India News
PARIS: France plans to offer India “significant” additional oxygen capacity in the coming days to help the country cope with a record surge in Covid-19 infections, the French presidency said on Sunday.
Help is including urgently needed oxygen ventilators, a source told AFP without providing further details.
France joins other countries such as Germany, Great Britain and the USA in helping India, which with a new variant of coronavirus spreading through its 1.3 billion inhabitants, has become the world’s main coronavirus hotspot in recent days, reporting 349,691 new cases on Sunday alone.
The EU as a whole is also preparing rapid aid for India, European Comission Chief Ursula von der Leyen said before.
“Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support,” von der Leyen said on Twitter.
“The EU is gathering resources to respond quickly to India’s request for assistance through the EU civil protection mechanism.”
The mechanism allows European Union countries to coordinate their assistance in emergencies.
India recorded 2,767 deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday, the highest since the start of the pandemic.
In the capital New Delhi, there have been reports of overwhelmed hospitals, severe oxygen and drug shortages, and families of patients calling for help on social media.