United Nations, April 30
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the organisation stands ready to step up its support to India to combat the “horrific” Covid-19 wave in the country that has infected more than 18 million people and killed over 2,00,000.
“With the entire @UN family, I stand in solidarity with the people of India as they face a horrific #COVID19 outbreak. The UN stands ready to step up our support,” Guterres tweeted on Thursday.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, replied to Guterres’s tweet saying India deeply “appreciates your sentiments and solidarity”.
Earlier this week, UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir had tweeted that he was “worried” about the Covid situation in India, “a country which did so much to ensure #Vaccines4All in vulnerable countries. It’s time for the world to extend aid & support to India. No one’s safe until we’re all safe.”
Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq had told reporters at the daily press briefing on Wednesday that the UN team in India, led by Resident Coordinator Renata Lok Dessallien, was supporting the authorities’ response to the pandemic by providing equipment and supplies, including to local governments.
The WHO and UNICEF are procuring equipment and supplies. — PTI
Japan to send 300
Oxygen concentrators Japan has announced to provide 300 oxygen concentrators and as many ventilators to India to combat the virus, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
US-based Sewa Int’l sends equipment
Indian-American NGO Sewa International, which has raised nearly $8 million for Covid relief, has dispatched 2,184 oxygen concentrators.