COVID-19 Update: First shipment of US coronavirus relief material departs for India

| April 29, 2021 | Updated 9:13 am

COVID-19 Update: First shipment of US coronavirus relief material departs for India COVID-19 relief material (Photo Credit: USAID Twitter)

California: The very first shipment of the United States of America (USA) emergency coronavirus relief material carrying 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators; 960,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests and 100,000 N95 masks, left from California to New Delhi on Wednesday (local time).

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), in an official release, said it is ‘rapidly mobilizing’ assistance to save human lives, stop the spread of the novel virus, and meet the urgent health needs of the people in India.

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“Today, the United States deployed the first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments to India. Arriving in New Delhi from Travis Air Force Base on the world’s largest military aircraft, the shipment includes 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, generously donated by the State of California,” the statement read.

Furthermore, the USAID will also send 9,60,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests on this first flight which will identify infections to help prevent any further community spread of the novel coronavirus, and also 1,00,000 N95 masks to protect India’s frontline healthcare workers.

US has also stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of India for over seven decades, and will carry on to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic together, the US agency added.

“Just as India sent assistance to the United States when U.S. hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is now helping India during its time of need,” the statement read.

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India reported 3,60,960 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total tally of the country to 1,79,97,267 cases on Wednesday morning. The new infections spike from the previous day of 3,23,144 case reported on Tuesday. While more than 3200 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3293 deaths were reportedĀ in the last 24 hours.

The recoveries in the country have stayed at almost the same levels, since last week, as roughly 2,61,000 people are discharged every day. The latest data shows, 2,61,162 people were discharged in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 1,48,17,371 cases till Wednesday. These were up from a previous day tally of 2,51,827, marking a slight improvement.