A cyclone disrupts India’s Covid response

A cyclone disrupts India’s Covid response
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Islam News – A major cyclone packing ferocious winds and threatening a destructive storm surge bore down on India on Monday, disrupting the country’s response to its devastating COVID-19 outbreak.

At least six people died over the weekend in torrential rains and winds as Cyclone Tauktae, swept over the Arabian Sea with Gujarat state in its sights.

In waterlogged and windswept Mumbai, the airport was closed for several hours and authorities shifted 580 Covid patients “to safer locations” from three field hospitals.

Around 150,000 people were evacuated in neighbouring Gujarat, where all COVID-19 patients in hospitals within five kilometres of the coast were also moved.

Authorities there were scrambling to ensure there would be no power cuts in the nearly 400 designated Covid hospitals and 41 oxygen plants in 12 coastal districts where the cyclone was expected to hit hardest.

The state also suspended vaccinations for two days. Mumbai did the same for one day.

“This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record Covid infections and deaths,” said Udaya Regmi from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The organisation said it was helping authorities to evacuate people most at risk in coastal areas, providing first aid, masks “and encouraging other critical COVID-19 prevention measures”.

Source: The Australian

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