BEIJING, KOMPAS.com – Case Covid-19 India experienced a sharp increase exacerbated by a critical medical oxygen deficiency.
The number of daily Covid-19 cases in India reached unprecedented levels internationally for the second day in a row. Around 332,730 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded as of Friday (23/4/2021), along with 2,263 deaths.
Meanwhile, authorities across the country are scrambling to tackle a shortage of oxygen, which is used to treat patients suffering from severe reactions to the disease that sparked the global pandemic.
The crisis prompted China to reiterate its willingness to provide support to the South Asian country.
Meanwhile, the United States (US) said it was also in talks with the New Delhi Government.
“China expresses sincere sympathy to India for the deteriorating situation in the country recently,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference. Newsweek on Friday (24/4/2021).
The Chinese government, he said, firmly supports the Indian government and its people in fighting the corona virus.
“China stands ready to provide support and assistance according to India’s needs, and is communicating with the Indian side on this matter.”
The offer echoed the offer Thursday (23/4/2021) by his colleague Wang Wenbin, and Zhao concluded with a message of hope, saying, “We believe that the people of India will defeat the virus as soon as possible.”
Separately, US White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also addressed the issue when asked by reporters at a regular press conference on the same day.
“The United States expresses our deepest sympathies to the Indian people who have clearly suffered during this global pandemic,” he said,
“We are working with Indian officials at the political level and experts to identify ways to help overcome the crisis.”
Asked specifically about assistance in overcoming oxygen deficiency in India, he declined to elaborate. But Psaki stressed the overall amount of aid sent to New Delhi by Washington.
“We have obviously provided a variety of funding during this time, it is a very large fund, a significant amount, we are probably one of the biggest contributors in the world to India in terms of their health needs,” he added.
“This is being given to various supplies and trainings, but I will be examining whether oxygen in particular is part of how we can help at this point.”
Psaki said the US has provided 4 billion US dollars (Rp 58 trillion) for the global vaccine initiative Covax United Nations (UN).
A total of US $ 1.4 billion (Rp.20.3 trillion) was also provided in health assistance to India to help them prepare for future pandemics and deal with current problems. That includes providing India with emergency relief supplies to ventilators.
He also highlighted the US and India’s membership in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a group dialogue that also includes Australia and Japan, and said the four of them had made vaccine cooperation a “big priority”.