Switzerland sends medical aid to India

600 oxygen concentrators and 50 respirators, donated by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, will be distributed to Indian hospitals…reports Asian Lite News

Switzerland has sent a cargo aircraft carrying medical equipment, including 600 oxygen concentrators and 50 respirators, to help alleviate supply shortages in India amid the country’s devastative second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an official statement, the Swiss government said that the aircraft which left the Zurich airport on Thursday for New Delhi, carried 13 tonnes of medical equipment worth close to 3 million Swiss francs ($3.28 million), reports Xinhua news agency.

The equipment, donated by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, will be distributed to Indian hospitals in coordination with the Indian Red Cross and the Ministry of Health.

The plane carrying the medical aid has reached New Delhi with oxygen concentrators & ventilators from Switzerland(Twitter)

The statement also mentioned that body bags were sent alongside oxygen concentrators and respirators.

On Friday, India again registered a record increase in the number of single-day Covid-19 cases.

Also read:Australia to lift India travel ban from May 15

With 4,14,188 fresh Covid-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hour, the country’s overall infection tally now stood at 2,14,91,598, the second highest in the world after the US.

The plane carrying the medical aid has reached New Delhi with oxygen concentrators & ventilators from Switzerland(Twitter)

This is the the third time after May 1 that India has crossed the four lakh mark of active cases in last 24 hours.

On Thursday, the country reported 4,12,262 cases.

The death toll meanwhile increased to 2,34,083 with 3,915 new fatalities.

Friday also marked the ninth consecutive day that over 3,000 casualties have been reported.

Also read:Asian Lite, SAJDA, IAHV join hands to save lives in India