UK sends life-saving medical equipment to India amid COVID-19 crisis

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Published: 2021-04-28 20:06

Last Updated: 2021-05-07 10:57


UK sends life-saving medical equipment to India amid COVID-19 crisis
UK sends life-saving medical equipment to India amid COVID-19 crisis

Sunday, Britain announced it has sent life-saving medical equipment to India, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators, as the country reels from record numbers of daily coronavirus infections and deaths.

London has shipped 600 pieces of equipment to New Delhi to support its fight against COVID-19, following a request from India and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, pledging the UK would do "all it can" to help.

"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," said Johnson in a statement.

"We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I am determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against pandemic."

Johnson was due to travel to India Sunday, but the trip has since then been postponed.

This equipment includes 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators, according to Britain's Foreign Office, which is funding the aid.

The first shipment arrived in New Delhi Tuesday, and further shipments will follow later this week, said the office.

They noted, "The UK is working closely with the Government of India to identify further assistance it can provide in the coming days."