India Covid crisis: UK to send 1,000 life-saving ventilators as deadliest-ever ...

India 'yet to see the peak' of COVID-19 wave says expert

Britain will ship 1,000 ventilators for use in hospitals in India and have set up a clinical taskforce to provide medical advice in the raging battle against COVID-19. Boris Johnson has told his counterparts in New Delhi that the British people “will always be there for India in its time of need”. India is currently at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic and a record number of deaths were reported on Sunday.

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A further 3,689 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours and 392,488 new COVID-19 cases.

On Saturday, an all-time high of 401,993 new cases was confirmed across the country.

Hospitals and crematoriums have been overwhelmed with in excess of 300,000 infections confirmed for 10 successive days.

The UK will deliver 1,000 ventilators from its surplus stocks and is in addition to the 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and 3 oxygen generation units already announced last week.

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Virgin Atlantic flew 200 boxes of oxygen concentrators to Delhi on Saturday.

India coronavirusThe UK is sending medical supplies to India (Image: GETTY)

IndiaIndia recorded more than 400,000 new infections on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

The UK airline will also free up cargo space for further medical supplies on six flights scheduled for next week.

Many countries around the world have sent aid to India as the country is one of the largest manufacturers of vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Millions of jabs are being produced by India’s Serum Institute and will be distributed to the world at cost through COVAX programme.

Last year, India sent the UK 11 million face masks and 3 million packets of paracetamol.

England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance have been in contact with their Indian counterparts to provide advice, insight and expertise on

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