Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government will import 18 oxygen tankers from Bangkok and 21 from France to meet shortages in the national Capital.
India will receive a first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid on May 1, said the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev.
Meanwhile, India on Tuesday registered 3,23,144 new coronavirus cases in a day, taking the total number of infections since the pandemic broke out in January 2020, to 1,76,36,307. While the single-day infection count is slightly less than Monday’s count, India registered more than 3 lakh cases for the sixth day in a row. With 2,771 deaths, the toll went up to 1,97,894.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said the coronavirus situation in India is “beyond heartbreaking” even as he praised several other countries for bringing down transmission rates.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 14.7 crore people and killed over 31.16 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 8.51 crore people have recovered from the infection.