President Solih stands in solidarity with India during Covid-19 crisis

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih (R) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) during a state visit in 2019 | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed his deep sorrow and concern for India for the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in the country.

The President tweeted regarding the fact that India’s Covid-19 related death toll surpassed 200,000 last night. As over 352,991 new cases were reported everyday for the past five days, India’s Covid-19 infections rate has gone up to 5.8 million in April alone.

People are dying waiting for beds as hospitals get piled up with patients every hour of every day. With no beds, no oxygen and only a limited number of doctors and nurses, photos and videos have emerged people dying on the roads and pavements.

With over 300,000 new cases everyday for the past five days, doctors and health officials are left hopeless. India’s Covid infections rate has gone up to 5.8 million in April alone.

Other countries have started to lend their support to India. USA announced they would be sending raw materials needed for India’s AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. Britain, France, Germany also have come for India’s Aid. Saudi Arabia has shipped 80 metric tonnes of oxygen to meet the growing demand.

The incumbent government of Maldives holds close diplomatic ties with India, with a wide range of development cooperation projects being developed in the Maldives with Indian assistance. India has also been the top source market for Maldives tourism post Covid-19.