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COVID-19: UK to ship 1,000 extra ventilators to India because it battles surge in coronavirus instances

The UK is to ship 1,000 extra ventilators to India because it battles a surge in coronavirus instances.

Announcing the additional assist, Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned: “The UK will all the time be there for India in its time of want.”

The cargo of ventilators, which will probably be dispatched from the UK’s surplus provide, follows on from the announcement final week that 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen era models could be despatched to India.

India set one more day by day international report for COVID-19 instances on Saturday, with 401,993 new infections reported.

An additional 392,488 instances had been reported on Sunday, taking the nation’s complete because the pandemic started to greater than 19.5 million.

A complete of 215,542 deaths have been recorded, however consultants imagine the true determine is increased.

A report 3,689 COVID fatalities had been reported on Sunday.

Mr Johnson, who final month cancelled his journey to India due to the coronavirus state of affairs there, will maintain a digital assembly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

According to Number 10, the pair will agree a “huge range of commitments to deepen co-operation” between the 2 nations, together with on preventing the pandemic.

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In addition to the gear that’s being despatched to India, the UK is taking a lot of different steps to assist.

Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and the federal government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have spoken with their Indian counterparts to supply recommendation, perception and experience.

NHS England had arrange a medical advisory group, led by Chief People Officer Prerana Issar, to assist India’s pandemic response.

It will work with establishments within the nation to share expertise on managing outbreaks of COVID.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned: “This additional support will provide more capacity and expertise to help save lives and support India’s healthcare system.

“We will proceed to work intently with the Indian authorities throughout this immensely difficult time.”

Speaking before the government’s announcement, Labour’s Lisa Nandy told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday the UK “can and may do extra” to help India.

She said India “stepped up for us when nearly nearly a 12 months in the past in the present day we had been in actual dire straits” and “struggling to include the influence of the pandemic”.

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The shadow overseas secretary continued: “We were woefully unprepared and we had to appeal to the rest of the world for help, and India stepped forward.

“There are lengthy and deep ties between us and India, which signifies that we should always step up and supply extra gear, extra assist.”

Speaking to Sky News, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “we’re doing the whole lot that our Indian pals want of their hour of want”.

“I lately spoke to overseas ninister Jaishankar, my reverse quantity there, and we mentioned that we’ll do no matter we will, no matter they ask for.

“I do think it’s important with these emergency packages, you listen very carefully to the Indian authorities and see that we’re giving them what they need so we’ve given them oxygen concentrators, we’ve given them ventilators, we’re going to be sending out another package of a thousand ventilators very shortly.”

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Indians in UK rally to ship assist abroad

Downing Street additionally hailed the response of the British folks to India’s plight, praising the “huge numbers” of companies, civil society teams and members of the general public who’ve helped.

The British Asian Trust has launched the “Oxygen for India” emergency attraction.

The drive, which is elevating cash for oxygen concentrators for Indian hospitals and has been personally backed by Prince Charles, has raised greater than £1.5m within the final week.

Virgin Atlantic, working together with Khalsa Aid, flew 200 containers of oxygen concentrators to Delhi on Saturday.


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