Geneva: Looking at the alarming rise in coronavirus deaths in India, the World Health Organization chief voiced alarm on Monday, saying the organisation was rushing to help address the crisis. “The situation in India is beyond heartbreaking,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying by AFPAlso Read - First Woman to Join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator Conferred With Coveted Wings

The statement from the WHO comes as India battles a catastrophic coronavirus wave that has overwhelmed hospitals, with crematoriums working at full capacity. “WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies,” Tedros said. Also Read - Fourth COVID Wave In India Due To Cases Of Omicron BA.4, BA.5 Variants? Govt Panel Chief Reveals Details

He also added that the UN health agency was among other things sending “thousands of oxygen concentrators, prefabricated mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies”. Also Read - Yasin Malik: Top Facts About The Kashmiri Separatist Who Says ‘Will Accept Hanging’

In the wake of the rising COVID deaths in India, a number of other countries including the US and Britain rushed ventilators and vaccine materials to help India weather the crisis, while a range of other countries also pledged support.

On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against jumping to conclusions about a new coronavirus variant discovered in India, saying it had not yet classified it as worrying. A WHO spokeswoman said that it was not clear at this point to what extent the variant was responsible for the rapid increase in cases in India in recent months, DPA news agency reported.

There are many factors that could have contributed to this, she said. For example, festivals and other events with many participants may have accelerated infections.

In India, more than 350,000 infections were reported within 24 hours on Monday, more than any country has reported in that timespan. With its 1.3 billion inhabitants, India has recorded a total of more than 17 million infections.

According to the WHO, a variant is considered worrying if it spreads more easily, causes more serious cases of the disease, bypasses the immune system or reduces the effectiveness of known treatments.