Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on Monday said that the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases in India was 'beyond heartbreaking'. The country is currently witnessing a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, with over 300,000 cases every day.

"It’s pleasing to see small declines in cases and deaths in several regions, but many countries are still experiencing intense COVID19 transmission, and the situation in India is beyond heartbreaking," Ghebreyesus said in a press conference, reported AFP.

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"WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies," said Ghebreyesus, adding that the organisation had sent "thousands of oxygen concentrators, prefabricated mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies."

On Friday, the WHO chief said that the COVID-19 situation in India was a "devastating reminder of what a virus can do."  

He said he was concerned about the increasing caseload in India and also highlighted that people all across the world are dying because they are not being vaccinated or treated against COVID-19.

India is in the middle of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and as per the health ministry, India on Sunday recorded 352,991 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of coronavirus infection to 17,313,163. A total of 2,812 people died from the disease on Sunday, taking the death toll to 195,123.