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Greta Thunberg says India’s Covid-19 crisis heartbreaking, global community must help

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday said the prevailing Covid-19 crisis in India is “heartbreaking”. She also appealed the global community to come forward and help India out of the crisis.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg. (Photo: AFP)

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday said the prevailing Covid-19 crisis in India is “heartbreaking”. She also appealed the global community to come forward and help India out of the crisis.

“Heartbreaking to follow the recent developments in India. The global community must step up and immediately offer the assistance needed,” Greta Thunberg tweeted.

Along with her tweet she shared a news report about India’s ongoing health crisis as the country reports over 3 lakh cases every day.

For nearly a week now, hospitals in several states, including the national capital, have been facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients.

As India’s Covid-19 caseload exploded, a severe shortage of hospital beds and ventilators has also crippled the efforts to save lives.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the government exempted basic customs duty on import of Covid-19 vaccine, medical-grade oxygen and related equipment to boost domestic availability and make them cheaper amid rising infections across the country.

The decision to exempt customs duty was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to boost oxygen availability in the country.

With over 3.46 lakh daily new infections, the caseload has crossed 1.66 crore. India’s deaths from Covid-19 rose by a record 2,624 to over 1.89 lakh.

To meet demand of medical oxygen, the government has taken some measures including roping in the Air Force to bring in cryogenic oxygen tanks from Singapore.

It is also transporting oxygen tanks in the country using the Railways to reduce travel time.

(With PTI inputs)

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