Air India said on Tuesday it had airlifted more than 190 tonnes of medical equipment from various countries, including Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore, over the past 10 days amid a massive outbreak of COVID-19.
India grapples with the second wave of coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states suffer from severe shortages of drugs, equipment, oxygen and beds.
Over the past 10 days, Air India has transported critical medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, BiPAP machines and ventilators from several locations around the world, the airline said in a statement.
“To date, we have transported over 8,000 medical equipment worth over 190 tonnes from Hong Kong, Germany, USA, Singapore, Dubai, London, etc. in India for subsequent delivery to various states, ”he noted.
Various international agencies such as Amazon, Temasek Foundation, Phillips, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and World Hindu Council of America have trusted Air India to transport critical medical equipment and other supplies to India, says the press release.
“In the days to come, we plan to transport more equipment of this type to a number of countries from where it can be purchased by any government or private agency,” he added.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 2 crore mark on Tuesday, with more than 50 lakh infections added in just 15 days.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 2,02,82,833 with 3.57,229 new infections reported in one day, while the death toll rose to 2,22,408 with 3,449 new deaths, according to the ministry of Union Health.