India records 320K cases as foreign help arrives

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A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 reacts at a crematorium in Jammu, India, Sunday, April.25, 2021. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

NEW DELHI (AP) – India has added more than 320,000 new coronavirus cases as a grim surge weighed on the country’s sinking health system.

Tuesday’s increase ended a five-day streak of recording the largest single-day increases in any country throughout the pandemic.

However, the decline likely reflects lower weekend testing rather than reduced spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, foreign aid was arriving. A shipment of medical aid received from Britain included 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators.

France is sending breathing machines, ICU gear and oxygen generators in a shipment expected to be sent later this week.

The White House was moving to share raw materials for vaccine production to India and was working to satisfy other requests.

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