Stamford-based Americares on frontlines of India’s massive COVID-19 spike

The Biden administration is banning most travel to and from India starting Tuesday due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 there.
India’s health ministry reported 357,229 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and 3,449 deaths on Tuesday.
India’s official average of daily confirmed cases has soared from 65,000 on April 1 to about 370,000. The average daily deaths have increased from 300 to more than 3,000.
The infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed. A top U.S. health expert warns the coming weeks in the country will be “horrible.”
Pinky Kaur, who cooks for customers at Saffron Indian Cuisine in Norwalk, is waiting to hear if her aunt has been released from a hospital in India after battling the virus. Her cousin was released earlier this week.
“Both of them had breathing problems and fever but it wasn’t getting in control,” she told News 12.
Her aunt and cousin live in Dehli which has been recording 400 deaths a day. Kaur says they were able to get hospital beds and adequate care in a country seeing its health care system overrun.
Rashad Massoud, the Chief Program Officer for Stamford-based Americares, says they have 100 team members in India right now.
“It’s a very serious situation. The hospitals are not able to cope,” he says.
They are working with 30 hospitals in the 10 states with the highest COVID-19 rates to bring in more oxygen, ICU beds and PPE for staff and helping the public stop the spread.
So far, Americares has provided 1 million protective supplies to hospitals in Mumbai and Dehli. 
AP Wire Services were used in this report.