Covid: Hundreds of Irish ventilators and oxygen concentrators arrive in India

Covid: Hundreds of Irish ventilators and oxygen concentrators arrive in India

Covid: Hundreds of Irish ventilators and oxygen concentrators arrive in India

Meanwhile, Downing Street said British businesses have secured export deals with India worth more than £446 million, which is expected to create more than 400 British jobs.

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding nearly daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life.

"In the decade ahead, with the help of new partnership signed today and a comprehensive free trade agreement, we will double the value of our trading partnership with India and take the relationship between our two countries to new highs". The country also witnessed as many as 3,38,439 recoveries taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,69,51,731.

A shortage of health workers - on top of a lack of oxygen and hospital beds - is compounding India's fight against Covid-19, with trainee doctors and nurses set to be deployed on hospital front lines.

India's total Covid caseload soared past 20 million on Tuesday, official data showed, as the pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the country's hospitals. "GOI's inaction is killing many innocent people", Congress party MP Gandhi said on Twitter, referring to the Government of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown due to the economic fallout, yet several states have imposed various social restrictions.

But a glimmer of hope surfaced in comments on Monday by a health ministry official who said infections in some regions were plateauing. That visit was cancelled due to surging COVID-19 cases in India.

The eastern state of Odisha also halted vaccinations in 11 of its 30 districts, local health officials told Reuters, as resources were scarce.

Volunteers prepare beds inside the newly-built hall for Covid-19 patients, at NESCO, Goregaon, on May 3, 2021 in Mumbai, India. "If I don't get it then, I will give up", said Rajapure, adding that three earlier attempts had proved futile, either because stocks ran out or did not arrive.

This includes some £240 million investment by the Serum Institute of India, supporting clinical trials, research and possibly the manufacturing of vaccines.

Worldwide aid continued to arrive in India today, with 545 oxygen concentrators from the United States landing, the fifth in a series of consignments carrying medical equipment.

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