As the number of coronavirus cases soars rapidly in India, the German Development Minister, Gerd Müller announced that the country is significantly expanding its aiding program in India. Talking to the media, Muller announced a total of 330,000 Coronavirus testing kits and 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, worth €15 million. He also stressed that the measures are aimed at “reducing the chances of further spread of the virus”.
Besides these, The German Development Ministry will also provide short term loans worth €460 million to the South Asian country. The motive is to ensure that food is distributed to the 800 million people and to the 320 million who lost their jobs during the pandemic. Thus, Muller called this aid program, “one of the largest Coronavirus support measures in the world”.
India reported a record daily hike of 90,632 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its statistics past the 41-lakh cases, becoming the world’s second-most affected nation from the virus. India spiked 3 to 4 million cases in just 13 days. The country has so far recorded 69,561 corona virus-related deaths. Even though India’s daily confirmed cases are one of the highest in the world, the country has been able to maintain a commendable recovery rate. Five states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have significantly contributed to 60 per cent of the total recoveries.
As the Covid-19 pandemic induced market instability and complete lockdown, there was a sharp rise in unemployment, a decrease in government income and a major economic crisis. The country has thus currently eased restrictions on the lockdown to revive the economy.