Covid-19: India out of breath

Caritas International Belgium Covid-19: India out of breath

© Caritas India – Caritas India - The second wave of Covid-19 is killing thousands of people every day, leaving many families in mourning.

© Caritas India – Caritas India - The second wave of Covid-19 is killing thousands of people every day, leaving many families in mourning.

30/04/2021

The situation is very serious. People are flocking to hospitals, hospitals have no beds and people are dying, ”said Paul Moonjely, director of Caritas India. More than 300,000 daily infections have been recorded in the last 10 days and nearly 3,000 people are dying every day. The health system is on its knees. Caritas India has been active since the beginning of the pandemic and is increasing its support to the most vulnerable. “Our frontline health workers and volunteers are working around the clock to keep up with the health measures,” says Paul Moonjely, Director of Caritas India.

A MAJOR HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY

With 18 million people tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic (out of a population of 1.3 billion inhabitants), the country has been hit by a new major outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. The new variant spreads more rapidly and the most vulnerable people are affected the most. Hundreds of patients are waiting outside hospitals, sometimes ending up dying on the streets without care. Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed, running out of oxygen, medicine, and beds. With an epidemic peak expected by mid-May, an unprecedented humanitarian drama is unfolding.

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CARITAS AND ITS VOLUNTEERS MOBILISE

Caritas has been supporting victims since the beginning of the pandemic. Today, 500 Caritas volunteers and staff are stepping up using protective equipment,  so they can continue their fieldwork. 200 information centers will also be created to raise awareness about anti-Covid-19 measures and teams will provide food, primary health care, and medical support in 60 new quarantine centers.

CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR SOLIDARITY?

We are very worried and also concerned about the protection of our medical staff. (…) With this unprecedented situation, we are overwhelmed (…) but we are counting on your generosity and solidarity,” explains Paul Moonjely. If you can, help support our work. Every donation counts. All funds raised will go directly to the most urgent needs. Save lives by making a donation through our online donation platform or on the BE88 0000 0000 4141 account with the communication “3978 Corona“.

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