The British government is sending over 600 pieces of medical equipment to India to help the South Asian country fight a surge of COVID-19 cases.
In total, the United Kingdom is sending nine airline containers of supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators, and 20 manual ventilators this week “to provide vital medical treatment to those suffering from COVID-19 in India,” where hospitals are facing oxygen shortages amid a deadly second wave of infections.
The first shipment has left the UK on April 25 and is expected to arrive in India on April 27.
“We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
“I’m determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against the pandemic,” Johnson further stated.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the UK will follow up on the first delivery of medical equipment to provide further support, based on discussions with the government of India.
“We have all got to work together to tackle Covid-19,” Raab said.
“The global pandemic has challenged health systems all across the world and the best way to overcome adversity is to unite and defeat this dreadful disease together,” British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
Other countries, including the United States, Germany, and Singapore, have sent medical support to India.
India reported nearly 350,00 new COVID-19 cases on April 25, setting a world record four days in a row and bringing the total to over 16.9 million — the second highest in the world after the U.S.
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