UK medical organisations have sent their statements of support to healthcare staff in India caring for overwhelming numbers of patients with Covid-19, often with inadequate resources.

The Royal College of Physicians said it was a "heart breaking and challenging situation" to witness, let alone to be part of, and its appreciation for those doctors, nurses and others doing their jobs in such difficult circumstances cannot be overstated.

It said it had been in regular contact with international advisers and partners to understand the challenges staff in India are facing and urged anyone who can to support the BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) India COVID Fund, which is providing equipment, telemedicine and other much-needed help.

The Royal College of GPs said it was shocked and moved by the terrible situation unfolding across the Indian subcontinent as it struggles with escalating Covid cases and the tragic death toll.

It said the RCGP has a long-standing strong connection with India, and our thoughts are with our colleagues who are fighting the crisis on the frontline, as well as with our many members who have families and friends there..

The college has signed up to the Academy of Royal Colleges’ statement on vaccine equity.

According to the World Health Organization, India has seen more Covid cases in the last seven days than any other country and the second wave has seen the official death toll surpass 200,000. A number experts believe could actually be higher.