Heiko Maas, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has reportedly stated that Germany will send medical aid and oxygen to India over the forthcoming days to help the country in effectively tackling its COVID-19 crisis.
Germany has categorized India as a high incidence area for coronavirus. Moreover, the European nation has also added the South Asian country on a distinct warning list for regions with coronavirus variants.
Maas noted that a second wave of COVID-19 is presently going across India at an unprecedented rate. The Minister added that Germany was right in the way it acted swiftly to prevent the entry of the new mutation of the novel coronavirus onto its shores.
For the uninitiated, India is currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, with a surge of over 349,691 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. This marks it as the fourth consecutive day of highest peaks observed by the country. Hospitals across the country are now turning patients away because they have run out of medical oxygen.
Consequently, German citizens who are travelling from India will not be given entry into the country without a negative test report for COVID-19, following which they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Meanwhile, foreign nationals travelling from India will not be allowed to enter Germany in the country’s efforts to keep a check on COVID spread.
A spokeswoman for the German defense ministry stated that the German Foreign Ministry has requested the military to assess whether it can deliver a mobile oxygen manufacturing facility, along with support for transporting other relief and emergency commodities to India.
Maas emphasized that Germany would take utmost efforts to help India deal with the healthcare emergency. Moreover, the European Commission has reportedly said that it intends to send oxygen and medical aid to India after it received a request from Indian capital, Delhi.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, sympathized over India’s suffering brought upon by the pandemic, adding that Germany stands in solidarity with the country and is working on preparing a mission of support.
Additionally, according to reports, both the United States and Britain are also sending assistance to India with medical equipment.