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UK to Send 1,000 More Ventilators to India to Help Fight COVID-19 Surge

The United Kingdom will send 1,000 additional ventilators to India to help fight a surge in COVID-19 cases, the UK government announced on May 2.

The ventilators, which will be sent from the UK’s surplus supply to Indian hospitals, is in addition to the 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators, and three oxygen generation units that the UK announced last week would be sent to the South Asian country.

Additionally, the National Health Services England will establish a clinical advisory group to work with Indian institutions to help them with managing COVID-19 outbreaks, the government said in the announcement.

The government also said that Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have spoken to their Indian counterparts to share their expertise.

“This additional support will provide more capacity and expertise to help save lives and support India’s healthcare system. We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this immensely challenging time,” British Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also virtually meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replace their meeting at New Delhi that was cancelled last month due to the surge in cases.

Johnson and Modi will discuss strengthening cooperation between their countries, as well as a 10-year enhanced economic partnership.

“The UK will always be there for India in its time of need,” Johnson said.

India has recorded over 390,000 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing its overall tally to over 19.5 million — the second highest in the world after the United States.

India also recorded 3,689 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 215,542 — the fourth highest in the world after the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico.

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