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US Congressman Urges Biden to Send More Direct Support to India | India News

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WASHINGTON: An American congresswoman urged President Joe Biden to send more direct support to India, which is battling an unprecedented second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Congresswoman Haley Stevens, in a letter to Biden on Monday, said that India is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Last week, India recorded more than 400,000 cases a day. On May 4, there were 3,786 deaths, bringing the total to 226,188 deaths. The sharp increase in cases has put serious strain on the healthcare system, overwhelmed hospitals and depleted oxygen supplies. India is in great need of oxygen, therapies and vaccines, ”Stevens wrote.
In asking the White House to increase shipments of oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and ventilators to hospitals in India, he thanked Biden for his support of more than $ 100 million to India.
“I urge you to provide the following items: oxygen cylinders, medical liquid oxygen capacity of 10 liters and 45 liters; Oxygen concentrator; Oxygen generating plants; Remdesivir; Tocilizumab, ventilators / BiPAP, ”he said.
“As you continue to assess the situation in India, I urge you to consider meeting the additional needs described above. As long as Covid persists in India, there is the possibility of additional variants that could pose a serious threat to the vaccinated United States. We must do our part to quell the virus wherever it persists, ”Stevens added.
India has been hit hard by the unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus and hospitals in several states are reeling from shortages of healthcare personnel, vaccines, oxygen, medicines and beds.
After recording more than four lakhs of new cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day increase of 3.66,161 Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing its count to 2,26,62,575, according to the Ministry of Health.
The death toll due to the viral disease rose to 2.46,116 and 3,754 more people succumbed to it, data from the ministry showed.

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