On Tuesday, India recorded 323,144 total COVID-19 cases and 2,771 deaths in 24 hours – that’s about 115 Indian deaths by the hour.
The rise in infection of coronavirus was spurred by new variants affecting nearly 1.4 billion people facing shortages of space in intensive care wards. Hospitals are experiencing oxygen shortages and many people are being forced to turn to makeshift facilities for mass burials and cremations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted photos Tuesday of the first shipment of medical aid India received from Britain. It included 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators.
Other nations including the U.S., Germany, Israel and Pakistan have also promised medical aid. The countries have said they will supply oxygen, diagnostic tests, treatments, ventilators and protective gear to help India’s crisis, which World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called “beyond heartbreaking.”
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aunt Narmadaben Modi who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection was one of those who died on Tuesday, the family said.
The ultra-rich Indians are reported fleeing to Dubai in private jets to escape the COVID-19 surge.
The infection in India totaled past 17.6 million.