Grave COVID-19 Crisis: China Ready To Help India

Amitava Dasgupta

The focus of the entire world is on India, which faces a grave crisis amid a vicious second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even China, not the best of allies, is ready to provide outbreak prevention support and medical supplies to Narendra Modi’s government.

For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, India reported over 3 lakh — 314,835 to be precise — new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. It’s the highest single-day tally recorded anywhere in the world.

There is immense pressure on health infrastructure in the country, with severe shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and remdesivir drug.

“The Chinese side notes that the epidemic situation in India is severe and there is a temporary shortage of epidemic prevention and medical supplies. We are ready to provide necessary support and assistance to India so that they can control the epidemic,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told state media on Thursday.

Wang added that the coronavirus epidemic is the “common enemy of all mankind” and international community “needs to unite as one” to fight against the epidemic, Hindustan Times reported.

It could not be immediately ascertained if Beijing has officially extended the offer of help to New Delhi.

Amitava Dasgupta

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