Devastating epidemic “could take India’s economy back to 20 years ago”; China is ready to help
Several funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims burn on Saturday at a site converted for mass cremations in New Delhi, India. Authorities in India scramble to get medical oxygen to hospitals when the country reported a new daily world record of more than 346,000 infections for a third day in a row. Photo: AP
Chinese analysts, who predict that the daily new cases in India could reach 500,000 in two weeks, called on India to put aside political biases to learn from China to improve testing capacity and build makeshift hospitals .
India broke the record for the world’s largest daily increase in recent days with more than 346,000 new cases and 2,624 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
A shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds and other necessary drugs continued to hit more hospitals in India on Saturday. Several hospitals have either stopped admitting new patients due to lack of oxygen or posted SOS messages for help.
New Delhi’s Moolchand Hospital tweeted on Saturday: “SOS emergency aid. We have less than 2 hours of oxygen supply.”
Chinese analysts have predicted that daily new cases in India could peak at 500,000 in the next two weeks, and it would hopefully take India at least a month to bring the second wave under control. The actual numbers are much higher than those recorded, as many homeless people infected with the virus were not included, analysts said.
While expressing sympathies to India, China’s Foreign Ministry has said for two consecutive days this week that China stands ready to provide support and assistance as India needs, and China is in communication with India on this matter, a good gesture that Chinese analysts said is the “friendliest signal” China recently sent to India.
Donations from Chinese companies are also underway.
With demand for medical oxygen cylinders skyrocketing in India, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced on Thursday that it will donate INR 3 Crores to purchase more than 1,000 oxygen concentrators for hospitals across the country. India.
Wang Guangfa, a respiratory expert from Peking University’s First Hospital who shared China’s experience in epidemic control and prevention with many countries, including India, last year, said Saturday to the Global Times that with a large population, India’s priority is to learn from China about strict prevention and control measures, including improving its screening capacity to find more patients and building field hospitals to quarantine and treat patients.
Wang said the measures could effectively control the source of the infection and cut off the route of transmission of the virus, as China’s experience has shown that many patients have been detected during the tests.
In addition to providing medical supplies, China could help India with testing equipment, test reagents, construction materials for the construction of makeshift hospitals as well as technical support, Wang said.
A Chinese trader in India told the Global Times on condition of anonymity that he feared the Indian government would be reluctant to receive Chinese donations and aid, and even if it was accepted, Indian politicians would not. would not stop fanning the flames of anti-Chinese sentiment for their political gain. .
He said that Indian residents have shown no hatred towards the Chinese in India, but it is these Indian politicians and media that incite nationalism.
The Times of India reported on Thursday that India was looking to import oxygen from the Gulf countries and Singapore, but not from China, even though China said it was ready to help because China was “not part of it. countries from which India was seeking oxygen supplies. ”
India was ruling out aid from China, Hu said, noting that India should let go of its ideological prejudices and put life first.
India wants to get closer to Western countries led by the United States. But Western countries are busy canceling diplomatic exchanges and suspending flights from India, and the United States has not lifted its restrictions on exports of urgently needed vaccine raw materials. , said Mr. Hu.