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Covid: Hundreds of Irish ventilators and oxygen concentrators arrive in India

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The deal is expected to create more than 6,500 jobs in Britain

Ahead of the summit, Johnson said, "Like every aspect of the UK-India relationship, the economic links between our countries make our people stronger and safer".

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has been holding nearly daily video conferences to hear petitions from hospitals seeking oxygen and invoking India's constitutional right to protection of life.

India's tally of confirmed coronavirus infections has topped 20 million. The country also witnessed as many as 3,38,439 recoveries taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,69,51,731. India is now dealing with a devastating second Covid-19 wave that has swept through the nation, crushing the country's health infrastructure and overburdening frontline medical workers.

The surge of the highly infectious Indian variant of the coronavirus has seen hospitals runs out of beds and oxygen and left morgues and crematoriums overflowing.

Modi has been criticized for not moving sooner to limit the latest wave of infections and for letting millions of largely unmasked people attend religious festivals and crowded political rallies during March and April. Government modelling had pointed to a peak by Wednesday, a few days earlier than thought, since the virus has spread faster than expected. That visit was cancelled due to surging COVID-19 cases in India.

The state on Monday administered 79,491 doses, compared to a record 534,372 a week ago.

The eastern state of Odisha also halted vaccinations in 11 of its 30 districts, local health officials told Reuters, as resources were scarce.

The Indian government has put into place a "streamlined mechanism" for allocating aid received from worldwide actors in its ongoing fight against a deadly second Covid-19 wave. Public forecasts by its only two current vaccine producers show their total monthly output of 70-80 million doses would increase only in two months or more, although the number of people eligible for vaccines has doubled to an estimated 800 million since May 1.

The United States, Britain, Germany and several other nations are rushing therapeutics, rapid virus tests and oxygen to India, along with some materials needed for India to boost its domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines.

Just 9.5 per cent of the population of 1.35 billion has received at least a single dose.

Among global aid supplies that flowed in on Tuesday were 545 oxygen concentrators from the United States, in its fifth consignment of medical equipment.

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