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Coronavirus digest: Germany rushing to get oxygen, medicine to India

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has vowed to quickly provide India with vital medical supplies. Meanwhile, Italy is set to partially reopen its economy. Follow DW for the latest.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that Germany is racing to get oxygen and medicine to India, as the South Asian country reels under the biggest surge of new COVID cases and hospitalizations of anywhere in the world. 

“The second wave is currently rolling over India with unprecedented power. It was right that we acted quickly to stop the entry of the new mutation in Germany,” Maas told the Rheinische Post newspaper on Monday.

All travelers coming from India, except German citizens, will be barred from entering Germany beginning on Monday. Researchers are currently trying to determine whether a special variant of the virus in India is linked to an increase in infections.

Maas also praised India’s involvement in the COVAX vaccine alliance and added that the German government is working together with private companies to get India the supplies it needs.

India reported a new global record for daily coronavirus infections on Monday, for the fifth day in a row. The country’s total tally of recorded cases passed 17 million. There were also 2,812 new COVID-19 deaths recorded in the previous 24 hours.

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Germany recorded 11,907 new coronavirus cases and 60 new deaths on Monday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss exemptions for coronavirus-immune individuals with the 16 state premiers on Monday. 

News source: DW

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