UN stands able to step up help to India, Guterres says on ‘horrific’ Covid outbreak

United Nations, April 30

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the world organisation stands ready to step up its support to India to combat the “horrific” Covid wave in the country that has infected more than 18 million people and killed over 200,000.

“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 that India deeply appreciates “your sentiments and solidarity at this juncture. We also appreciate the support @UNinIndia is giving us,” tagging the Twitter handle of the United Nations in India.

As per data by the World Health Organisation, confirmed Covid cases in India stand at over 18.37 million and more than 2,04,000 people have died due to the virus.

Earlier this week, President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir had tweeted that he is “worried” about the COVID-19 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.” 

The United Nations team in India is supporting the response of the country’s authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical supplies and UN agencies are procuring thousands of oxygen concentrators, oxygen generating plants and other essential equipment as well as helping set up mobile hospital units. PTI

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