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WHO steps up aid to India to stem COVID-19 surge

India's death toll is now nearing 200,000, and some hospitals are turning away coronavirus patients as they do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds.

April 27, 2021 / 07:43 PM IST
Representative Image. (Source: Reuters)

Representative Image. (Source: Reuters)

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals there struggled to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies.

India's death toll is now nearing 200,000, and some hospitals are turning away coronavirus patients as they do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the crisis had worsened due to mass gatherings of people, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates, creating a "perfect storm".

"We are working with the government to bring in essential supplies like oxygen and alleviate the immediate situation," Jasarevic said.