WHO urges G7 nations to fund global recovery as India faces over 20 mn COVID-19 cases.
India´s total coronavirus caseload neared 20 million Monday, in stark contrast to gradual reopenings in Europe and other wealthier parts of the world where rapid vaccination programmes have helped keep new cases down.
Highlighting the inequalities, the World Health Organization on Monday pleaded with the G7 group of wealthy nations to dig deep and fund the global Covid-19 recovery, warning the crisis cannot be resolved worldwide if they do not step up.
In India cases have soared by around eight million since the end of March, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi under growing pressure to take decisive action to reverse the surge.
Meanwhile Europe is looking at easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists as early as next month, if they are fully vaccinated or come from a country with Covid under control.
Doctors in the resort state of Goa on India´s western coast described hospitals that are overwhelmed by the spike in cases.
“There are critical patients who have to be managed on trolleys and floors and kept on ventilators in critical Covid wards,” the Goa Association of Resident Doctors said in a letter.
Clinics in the capital New Delhi have also sent urgent appeals for help.