External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian in Delhi on April 13.The French Minister is on a four-day visit to India. This is first high-level physical interaction between India and France since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to two Lieutenant Governors and ten Chief Ministers over the last three days. The conversations in the phone calls mostly revolved around the respective state's Covid situation.
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Switzerland sent medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators and respirators to India. A cargo aircraft carrying over 13 tonnes of medical supplies left Zurich for New Delhi. The supplies worth CHF 3 million (over Rs 24 crore) arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. The consignment comprises as many as 600 oxygen concentrators & 50 respirators. The medical supplies provided by Switzerland will be received by Indian Red Cross. Supplies will then be distributed to hospitals by the Health Ministry which is coordinating aid. Meanwhile, the first shipment from the Netherlands also arrived at Delhi airport on Friday. Aid contained 449 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators & other medical supplies. MEA informed that remaining medical equipment would be shipped over the coming days. India is currently dealing with a devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Several countries have come forward & an international aid operation has been launched to help India fight the coronavirus crisis.
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The fifth flight from United States arrived in India with covid medical aid. A US flight carrying 545 oxygen concentrators reached New Delhi on May 4. On May 2, a flight from the US carrying 1.25 lakh vials of remdesivir landed in India. A US flight arrived with 1,000 oxygen cylinders & other equipment on May 1. On April 30, US deployed its first two planes carrying the initial emergency relief supplies. The United States Department of Defense has said that the final two flights of Covid-19 aid slated for India have been delayed. US Transportation Command on Monday said that the delay is due to maintenance issues. Watch the full video for more.
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A flight from Italy, carrying Covid-19 medical aid, arrived in New Delhi on May 3. The shipment included 1 oxygen generating plant and 20 ventilators. Ambassador of Italy to India, Vincenzo De Luca said, “We're going to deliver an oxygen production machine to a hospital in Noida. It'll provide oxygen to 100 patients at one time and to thousands in the days to come. Italian companies operating in India are helping the Indian government in the production of oxygen.” Ambassador of European Union to India, Ugo Astuto said that the focus is on supplying oxygen and drugs to the country as Covid aid amid second wave of coronavirus. Watch the full video for more.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday that China had recently acted "more aggressively abroad" and was behaving "increasingly in adversarial ways." Bryan Wood reports.
President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.
The Maldives has welcomed the Quad dialogue and said that it will bring stability to the Indian Ocean and the pacific region. Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid said: "It's good to see the dialogue between Quad is there because it provides stability to the Indian Ocean and Pacific region." The Quad is a strategic informal grouping of four democracies India, Australia, the United States, and Japan to counterbalance and check China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Shahid who is on a visit to India also thanked the country for providing COVID vaccines. Watch the full video for more details.
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India is in the midst of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and many experts have already warned of an imminent third wave. Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Director (Internal Medicine) at Max Healthcare and Dr. Ambarish Satwik, vascular and endovascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital speak to Hindustan Times and bust myths on prevention, medicines, clotting, hospitalisation, etc. In this episode of InFocus, Dr. Satwik explains how to wear a mask in a proper manner and avoid Covid infection. Watch the full video for more.
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Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on May 08 approved emergency use DRDO's anti-COVID drug which the agency said will be helpful in faster recovery of hospitalised patients. While speaking to ANI, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS-DRDO) scientists spoken about drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG). The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from COVID-19.
Amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, some Samaritans across the Delhi-NCR region have either formed communities or taken it upon themselves to help those in distress. Of late, social media platforms have been flooded with requests for plasma donations. Adnan Shah and Sanjay Raina are two among the many who have been providing assistance to those pleading for help in the national capital region by way of a Twitter handle @PlasmaNCR. The duo claims to be resolving more than 100 plasma requirement SOS calls a day amidst a deluge of requests. Dr Sameer Kaul also joins us on the show to explain the do’s and don’ts of plasma donations.
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In a significant directive to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said the requirement of a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if he or she belongs to a different city. "This patient-centric measure aims to ensure a prompt, effective, and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19," the ministry said. Watch the full video for more details.
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