Australia is considering providing further humanitarian assistance to India as the country grapples with a devastating. The government is suffering critical oxygen shortages, with hospitals forced to turn away patients as the virus ravages the country. Health Minister Greg Hunt has National Security Committee will meet on Tuesday to review measures to support India’s health system as it buckles under the mass outbreak.
On Monday, India set a global record for its– recording 352,991 new claims. Mr. Hunt said further support measures to assist India would be considered, describing the situation as a “health crisis on an unimaginable scale.”
“India is gasping for oxygen,” he told reporters.
“Their particular request is for assistance regarding the physical, which will be one of the things we are looking at.” Multiple funeral pyres of those who died of COVID-19 burn at a ground converted into a crematorium.
Mr. Hunt said Australia would review sending ventilators andto support India’s fight against the virus – indicating states had been contacted to determine spare capacity.
“We are in a position to be able to supply non-invasive ventilators. We are in a strong position because wethem now,” he said.
“Equally, we have reached out to the states which carry the suppliers of oxygen towhether there is any spare capacity that might be provided.”
International efforts are underway to help India – with Britain, the European Union, and thethey will support it.
Britain isdevices, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, to India.
The US is also lifting a ban on sending raw materials abroad, enabling.
The European Union has also indicated it is gathering resources to respond to India’s request for assistance.
Indiancriticism for letting its guard down.
Mr. Modi has said the government is making a “continuous effort” to increaseand has urged citizens to get vaccinated and exercise caution.
“We were confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation,” Mr. Modi said on Sunday. next to pyres of Covid-19 deceased people at a crematorium in New Delhi.” src=”https://sl.sbs.com.au/public/image/file/24821c07-cf58-491f-a184-5c31807c8f0f” alt=”Relatives mourning next to pyres of Covid-19 deceased people at a crematorium in New Delhi.” width=”700″ height=”467″ />
cases – with 195,123 deaths recorded.
According to figures released on Monday, the number of.
In response to the deteriorating health situation, Australia’s federal cabinet agreed to reduce the number of flights from India by 30 percent.
Mr. Hunt said the National Security Committee would consider whether additional measures were required to restrict travel to and from India further.
“We will take them with the heaviest of hearts but without hesitation,” he said.
Mr. Hunt also recognized the impact the outbreak is having on thein Australia.
“We recognize that for the Indian community, they are suffering abroad,” he said.
“But our Indian Australian community has also suffered. Their friends, families, and loved ones are in extremis; many are contracting the disease and sadly dying daily. They are dying and unable to breathe.”