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Corona situation in India is coming to a head: Merkel offers support - Lauterbach refers to an important study


India is in the middle of a vicious corona wave. Some New Delhi hospitals are running out of oxygen. Numerous countries offer their help.

India is in the middle of a vicious corona wave.

Some New Delhi hospitals are running out of oxygen.

Numerous countries offer their help.

Update from April 25th, 8:01 pm:

More and more countries are offering their help to India. The British government agreed to send hundreds of oxygen concentrations and ventilators. Britain will "do anything" to help India, stressed Prime Minister Boris Johnson. France also said it wanted to send "significant" oxygen aid to India. Even the archenemy Pakistan offered medical help.

On Sunday, the White House also announced that it would send medication, rapid tests, ventilators and protective equipment "immediately".

They also want to provide specific raw materials for the manufacture of Astrazeneca * vaccine, which is produced in India under the name Covishield.

"Just as India sent aid to the United States when our hospitals were congested at the start of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in time of need," the White House stated.

The US worked "around the clock" sending out available resources and supplies.

SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach comments on the Indian Corona mutant

The still ailing SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach also commented on the situation in India on Twitter.

In his post he was referring to a study that suggests that the common vaccines against corona should also help against the mutant from India (B1.617).

In the meantime, a first case of the mutation has been registered in Switzerland *.

This is the neutralization study from India which suggests that vaccines against variant B1.617 will work.

Whether a booster vaccination according to AstraZeneca with BionTech works better than the 2nd dose of AstraZeneca is not yet clear and is being examined in the UK.

- Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) April 25, 2021

Corona in India: More than 300,000 new infections in one day

Update from April 25, 2:37 p.m.:

India is

running out

of oxygen. This is how the coronavirus rages in its various mutants on the subcontinent. The images that seep out of the country are dramatic. “Apocalyptic”, as


Amit Gupta, a doctor from Oxford, in his guest article on the

New Delhi TV


. The medic is calling for a lockdown for the whole country.

India has been recording high levels of new corona infections for days. According to the Ministry of Health, 349,691 new cases were recorded within 24 hours on Sunday. This is also a global daily high. 2767 people died of or with Covid-19. This is the highest death toll ever in India. For the fourth day in a row, more than 300,000 new infections and over 2,000 deaths were registered. The number of unreported cases is likely to be significantly higher. The hospitals are overcrowded and medical equipment is running out. The head of government for the Delhi capital region, Arvind Kejriwal, had made an imploring appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi: "Please help us get oxygen, otherwise there will be a tragedy here."

The necessary oxygen is already being brought to the capital by military aircraft and trains from regions at home and abroad.

Germany also wants to support now.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) offered India help on Sunday.

"The fight against the pandemic is our common fight," she said, according to the government spokesman.

“Germany stands side by side in solidarity with India.

We are preparing a support mission as soon as possible. "

Do not jeopardize vaccination campaign: Spahn U-turn on Corona crisis country - "Must be significantly restricted"

Update from April 24th, 1:38 p.m.:

So now: The federal government wants to declare India as a virus variant area, the

German press agency


from government



For people from India there is then a strict entry restriction into Germany.

The limit may then only be exceeded in exceptional cases.

For example, Germans and foreigners who stay in Germany permanently are still allowed to enter.

However, you must show a negative test beforehand and after arriving in quarantine.

Particularly strict rules apply to virus variant areas.

The quarantine lasts 14 days after arrival - it cannot be shortened.

In particular, some groups of people are not even allowed to travel by plane.

Flights are then usually canceled in the country.

India is currently being hit hard by a double mutation.

Last Friday, 315,000 people were infected in just one day.

The variant B.1.617 is now under observation by the WHO.

In Germany, India's declaration of the virus variant area was initially not made.

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is now apparently planning the U-turn.

"In order not to endanger our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly restricted," he told the newspapers of the

Funke media group

on Saturday.

Devastating corona wave: India is fighting with double mutation - clinics are running out of oxygen


The number of corona cases is exploding in India.

© Hindustan Times / imago

First report from April 22nd:

New Dehli - It's a sad world record.

Almost 315,000 new corona cases have been recorded in India within 24 hours.

There have never been so many new infections with the coronavirus in one day in any country in the world.

More than 2000 people died, as the Ministry of Health announced in New Delhi on Thursday.

Many hospitals are at the limit.

There is a lack of beds and oxygen.

India is currently struggling with a "double mutation" called Corona mutation B.1.617.

In Germany, this corona mutation * has hardly played a role so far, but according to experts that could change.

India: after the Corona miracle, a disaster will follow?

The virus in India was defeated, it said.

Some areas have even achieved herd immunity.

The number of corona cases * was low in January and February.

The number of new corona infections fell from 100,000 a day to 10,000.

In a country of 1.3 billion people, almost too good to be true, as the British

The Guardian


It was probably much less tested.

After the peak of the first wave, India quickly returned to normal.

A mistake, as it turns out now.

Hundreds of thousands made the pilgrimage to the Ganges in mid-April.

A ritual bath in the holy water of the Ganges was more important than Corona.

At the end of March there was a crowd at the Holi Festival in India, as well as political mass events.

All superspreding events?

"This second corona wave came like a storm"

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The coronavirus took its chance.

"This second corona wave came like a storm," India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech to the nation on Tuesday.

Just a few weeks ago the situation was "under control", but now India is "again in a great struggle".

Experts also blame the government's reluctance to fight the virus for the situation.

Modi himself held an election campaign event in Kolkata in early March with hundreds of thousands of participants.

Corona in India

  • India has 1.3 billion people

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, 15.9 million have been infected with corona in India.

  • 185,000 people died in India with or from a Sars-CoV-2 infection.

Corona in India - oxygen bottles are running out

Oxygen cylinders are traded at exorbitant prices on the black market.

Deliveries planned for hospitals often do not arrive.

On Wednesday evening, the New Delhi Supreme Court ordered the government to ensure the safety of oxygen transports from the plants to the clinics.


India is hit by a devastating corona wave.

The number of corona cases is exploding.

© Altaf Qadri / dpa

Foreign Office warns Germans in India about medical care situation

India is currently a corona hotspot. The situation seems out of control. Many countries have imposed entry bans on travelers leaving the country. The USA issued a travel warning even for people who had already been vaccinated against the coronavirus. India is on the list of corona risk areas. The Foreign Office in Berlin has asked Germans who are in India and have not been vaccinated against Corona to “consider a temporary return to Germany until the medical care situation has stabilized”. However: Even the current vaccines are not supposed to fight the B.1.617 mutant. SPD expert Lauterbach has therefore already warned of problems for Europe.

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List of rubric lists: © Naveen Sharma / dpa / SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire

Source: merkur

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