Britain is rushing to increase aid to India’s faltering healthcare system, promising more fans and expert advice as doctors struggle with an increase in coronavirus infections that are killing thousands of people every day.
Britain rushed to increase aid to India’s faltering healthcare system on Sunday, promising more fans and expert advice as doctors struggle with an increase in coronavirus infections that are killing thousands of people a day.
The UK government has said it will send 1,000 additional fans to India. In addition, the National Health Service of England, which has battled one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Europe, is creating an advisory group to share its experience with Indian authorities.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans a video conference with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to discuss further cooperation between the two countries, the UK government said in a statement.
India registered 392,488 new infections, down from an increase of more than 400,000 in the previous 24 hours. He also reported 3,689 deaths, increasing the total number of virus deaths to 215,542. Experts believe that both numbers are counted less.
The new round of government aid comes in addition to the 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen generation units that the UK said it sent to India last week.
Private fundraising efforts are also taking place across Britain, where 1.4 million people have Indian roots.
“The terrible images we have seen in India in the past few weeks are even more powerful because of the close and lasting connection between the people of the United Kingdom and India,” said Johnson.
“I am deeply moved by the wave of support that the British people have provided to the people of India and I am pleased that the UK government has been able to play our part in providing life-saving assistance.”
At the UK’s largest Hindu temple, volunteers are trying to raise 500,000 pounds ($ 690,000) by accumulating 7,600 kilometers (4,722 miles) on stationary bikes – approximately the distance from London to Delhi – in 48 hours.
The British Asian Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles, raised £ 1.5 million to buy oxygen concentrators, which extract oxygen from the air. Sikh group Khalsa Aid raised money to buy 200 boxes of oxygen concentrators that Virgin Atlantic flew to Delhi for free on Saturday.