Australia on Tuesday unveiled an preliminary assist package deal for India’s Covid-19 response, together with 500 ventilators, even because it suspended all flights between the 2 nations for 2 weeks to stop the unfold of the virus.
“I stress that is an preliminary package deal, there shall be extra to observe, of assist and to ship this as quickly as doable,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison instructed a information convention.
The help was introduced collectively by international minister Marise Payne and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who mentioned extra medical tools, together with 100 oxygen concentrators, shall be procured and shipped to India over the following week.
“We recognise the difficult Covid-19 disaster that India is at the moment battling and we stand prepared to offer extra assist to our associates in India and Indian Australians throughout this tough time,” Morrison and Payne mentioned in an announcement.
The preliminary assist package deal will embody 500 non-invasive ventilators, a million surgical masks, 500,000 P2 and N95 masks, 100,000 surgical robes, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.
The provision of ventilators shall be scaled up 3,000 and the Australian authorities will procure 100 oxygen concentrators, together with tanks and consumables. All of the tools shall be shipped to India over the following week.
Although the Australian authorities had earlier deliberate to quickly cut back flights from India by 30% after recording a spike in incoming travellers testing constructive for Covid-19, Morrison introduced the Nationwide Safety Committee had determined to pause all direct passenger flights from India till Could 15.
The assertion famous that Australia’s Chief Medical Officer had designated India a “high-risk nation” for journey preparations. The suspension of flights could have a direct impression on two passenger companies to Sydney and two repatriation flights to Darwin, affecting round 500 individuals.
When flights from India resume, passengers shall be required to have each a destructive Covid-19 polymerase chain response (PCR) check end result and a destructive fast antigen check end result previous to taking off.
Oblique flights from India by way of the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Malaysia have already been paused by the respective governments.
“As soon as flights restart, the federal government will prioritise the return of susceptible Australians. Already nearly 20,000 registered Australians have returned from India because the pandemic started,” the assertion mentioned. A hardship program and consular assist is already in place for Australians in India.
Morrison described the scenario in India as a “very important outbreak” and mentioned, “From the scenes we’re seeing from India, they’re actually heartbreaking. India is a good pal of Australia and a complete strategic accomplice. We share a lot in widespread as peoples, as democratic nations, and we lengthen our deepest sympathies and condolences and our assist to the nation of India and the individuals of India and…Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi.”
Payne pointed to India’s generosity all through this pandemic and the export of greater than 66 million vaccines, together with presents of doses to Nauru and Fiji. “It has additionally manufactured vaccine doses for Papua New Guinea, for the Solomon Islands, being delivered by way of the COVAX facility and we warmly acknowledge that generosity,” she mentioned.
There are at the moment a bit greater than 9,000 Australians registered in India, together with 650 registered as susceptible, Payne mentioned.
Australia has joined a rising variety of nations speeding medical tools, provides and oxygen to India, which recorded 323,144 new Covid-19 infections since Monday – the sixth consecutive day of record-breaking tallies above the 300,000 mark. Practically 2,800 extra individuals succumbed to the virus, taking the dying toll to 197,894.