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Countries pledge assistance and aid to hospitals in India

As India battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19 that's killing thousands each day, international efforts to assist tackle the emergency are rushing, with both Britain and the United States swearing aid and much-needed medical supplies.

The second wave, which started in March, has escalated quickly, with India recording more than a million new cases in just three days. For the past two weeks, medical facilities have been running out of oxygen and ICU beds, with patients left outside hospitals waiting for care.

On Monday, India reported 352,991 new cases and 2,812 virus-related deaths, marking the world's highest daily caseload for the fifth straight day. The circumstance is especially desperate in the capital New Delhi, which is under lockdown until May 3. The city is facing serious oxygen deficiencies.

Delhi does not produce its own oxygen and depends on resources provided by the central government, according to Delhi's Chief Serve Arvind Kejriwal. Several Delhi hospitals tweeted SOS messages over the weekend engaging for oxygen supplies.

With heart-wrenching pictures from India and climbing death tolls making worldwide features, nations around the world have stepped up to offer basic aid. The Biden administration and the US Defense Division will convey supplies and support to India, including sending ventilators, PPE, rapid symptomatic test kits, and therapeutics, according to the White House and senior authorities.

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