The second wave of the pandemic had a devastating effect on India which saw oxygen supplies dangerously diminished and crematoriums operating without interruption.
The Indian government faces increasing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown to stem the devastating coronavirus outbreak.
Here are the latest updates:
Australian court to review India travel ban
Australia’s Federal Court has said it will urgently hear a challenge – brought by a 73-year-old man living in Bangalore – over the country’s controversial ban on returning home after a coronavirus-stricken India.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week banned arrivals from India, which records hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus infections every day. Under these measures, Australian citizens returning home face prison terms and heavy fines.
The move sparked widespread outrage with Morrison’s own allies calling her “racist” and abandonment from vulnerable Australians abroad.
India announces $ 6.7 billion in cheap loans for vaccines and health businesses
India’s central bank has released $ 6.7 billion in cheap funding for vaccine makers, hospitals and other healthcare companies to counter the devastating coronavirus outbreak hitting the country.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das said cheap loans would be available until March 31 next year and pledged to roll out “unconventional” measures if the crisis unfolds. worsen.
“The devastating speed with which the virus affects different parts of the country must be accompanied by swift and far-reaching action,” he said.
Australia sends coronavirus aid to India
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia had started providing humanitarian aid to India promised last week, including personal protective equipment, oxygen concentrations and ventilators.
A Qantas chartered flight left Sydney carrying medical supplies to India, including 1,056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators, the Australian government said in a statement.
Qantas chartered flight took off from Sydney carrying supplies to meet needs identified by the Indian government, including 1,056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators: Australian Foreign Minister# COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE pic.twitter.com/9gIbGKu2Pg
– ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2021
These supplies will be distributed by the Indian Red Cross and local authorities to ensure that support reaches those who need it most, the government said.
India sees record daily increase in coronavirus deaths
Coronavirus deaths in India have risen to a record 3,780 in the past 24 hours, a day after the country became the second in the world after the United States to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections.
Daily infections rose to 382,315 on Wednesday, according to data from the Department of Health.
Prime Minister strongly urges stop of flight to India
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is resisting growing pressure to lift the temporary ban on flights from India, saying any early resumption of arrivals from this pandemic hotspot would erode Australia’s quarantine capacity.
Morrison said the flight hiatus that began last week will continue until May 15, as lawyers anticipate a legal challenge to the government’s ability to prevent an estimated 9,000 citizens and permanent residents from returning home from the India.
Critics of the travel break include former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, several Australian lawmakers and leaders of the country’s Indian community.
Deaths due to oxygen shortages “no less than genocide”
The High Court in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, said that “the death of COVID patients simply for not providing oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act and no less than genocide on the part of persons responsible for ensuring the continuous supply and supply of medical oxygen ”.
The court ordered Lucknow and Meerut district magistrates to verify reports of patients who died due to oxygen shortages within 48 hours.
“We find that this information shows a completely contrary image to what the government claims there is sufficient oxygen,” the court order said.
UK Indians Respond to COVID-19 Crisis at Home
Indian nationals living in the UK have responded to the worsening COVID-19 crisis in the subcontinent.
Foreign students in London say they are worried about loved ones in India, as Anglo-Asian organizations come together to raise money for oxygen concentrators in areas of greatest need.