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NEW DELHI: Fresh consignments of aid—remdesivir from the US and ventilators from the UK—arrived in India overnight Monday even as India battles the brutal second wave of covid-19 infections that has brought the country’s health infrastructure to breaking point.

The aircraft carrying 125,000 vials of remdesivir from the US arrived on Sunday, officials said. The drug, found effective in the treatment of some seriously ill covid-19 cases, is in short supply in India.

In the UK, foreign secretary Dominic Raab wrote on Twitter: “We are working closely with India to deliver the equipment they need to tackle this deadly wave of coronavirus. We are sending 1,000 surplus ventilators to support our Indian friends and to help save lives."

According to the Indian authorities, 60 ventilators arrived from the UK on Monday. One oxygen generating plant also came in from Italy as did 9,000 vials of remdesivir from Belgium.

Meanwhile, 500 oxygen cylinders from Czech Republic, 53 ventilators from Denmark 119 oxygen concentrators and 145 ventilators from Spain, 100 oxygen concentrators, 449 ventilators, 30,000 vials of anti-retroviral remdesivir from the Netherlands and 15,000 vials of retroviral drugs, 516 ventilators and one oxygen generator from Germany were pledged in assistance under the European Union assistance mechanism.

With a large number of deaths being caused by the lack of liquid medical oxygen, India has been focusing on getting oxygen related equipment from abroad. On Sunday, officials said eight oxygen generators brought in from France would be deployed in hospitals in New Delhi where medical facilities have repeatedly highlighted shortages leading to deaths of critically ill patients.

Some 40 countries across the world have reached out to India with assistance to fight covid infections. The number of daily cases on Sunday was 368,000 with the numbers of daily deaths clocking 3,417, according to government numbers put out early on Monday. Overall number of cases in India was almost 20 million.

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