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India records first decline in covid cases and deaths in days

New Delhi, Apr 27 (EFE) .- India registered on Tuesday the first decrease in covid cases in a week, almost 30,000 less than the previous day with a total of 323,144 new infections, while there was also the first decrease in deaths in 14 days, 41 fewer than in the last 24 hours, for a total of 2,771 deaths.

These positive data come during the worst phase of the pandemic in India, bringing the cumulative total to 17.6 million cases and 197,894 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

The country has become the global epicenter of the pandemic due to the fierce advance of the virus that, in a matter of weeks, has multiplied the rate of positives dramatically, reporting record numbers and causing a health collapse in hospitals in the most affected regions. like New Delhi or western Maharashtra.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, highlighted on Monday the “more than heartbreaking” situation in India, whose data currently represent more than a third of the global total of infections.

The health crisis that the country is experiencing has left images of saturated hospitals and massive cremations that have aroused international support and the announcement of aid from several countries, which pledged to send necessary medical supplies.

Among those shipments is the arrival this morning of a shipment of medical supplies from the United Kingdom, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi announced on Twitter.

In addition, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had a telephone conversation last night with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to ratify the North American country’s aid commitment.

The conversation with Biden “underscored the importance of smooth and efficient supply chains of raw materials for vaccines and medicines. The India-US healthcare partnership can address the global challenge of covid-19” , Modi announced on his official Twitter account.

The Asian country sees in its vaccination campaign the main tool to alleviate the pandemic. So far, 142 million doses have been administered since it began last January, 3.3 million of them in the last 24 hours.

(c) EFE Agency

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