Flight from UK carrying vital medical supplies lands in India

Flight from UK carrying vital medical supplies lands in India

On Tuesday morning, a Lufthansa flight landed in India with consignments containing vital medical supplies from the United Kingdom. The supplies, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, come at a time when India is struggling to fight the deadly second wave of infections of the coronavirus disease.

On Tuesday morning, the official spokesperson of the Union ministry of external affairs, Arindam Bagchi took to twitter. From the ministry’s Twitter handle, he wrote, “International cooperation at work! Appreciate the shipment of vital medical supplies from the United Kingdom, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators that arrived early this morning.”

Britain is among several countries that have come forward to support India amid the rising cases of the virus in the country. India is currently reporting over 3 Lakh infections in a single day for the last five days. More than 2,000 people have died due to the viral disease daily.

Every day the count is crossing figures from the previous day. On Monday, the Union ministry of health and family welfare’s dashboard showed 352,991 fresh infections were registered in the last 24 hours, while a record 2,812 patients succumbed to the disease. The country’s infection tally stands at 17,313,163 which is the second-highest globally after that of the United States.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to visit India on 25th April, but due to the covid-19 situation he cancelled his visit earlier this month. This was the second time this year that the UK PM called off a planned visit to India. Earlier, he was invited by India to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade on January 26 but the trip was postponed as the UK went into a nationwide lockdown due to a surge in cases there.

Last Friday, the UK PM Johnson told reporters, “We’re looking at what we can do to help and support the people of India.” He further described the country as a “great partner.”

As per the coronavirus tracker maintained by the US-based Johns Hopkins University, Britain’s Covid-19 tally is currently standing at 4,422,562 with a related death toll of 127,688.

 

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