South Korea to send medical essentials to help India
South Korea says it will provide India with oxygen concentrators, COVID-19 diagnostic kits and other aid items to help the South Asian nation with the world’s worst surge in coronavirus infections.
New Delhi is also looking to procure equipment, including cryogenic containers, oxygen-generating plants and oxygen concentrators, and medicines such as remdesivir, from Hongkong, the UAE, Thailand and Singapore.
Health official Yoon Taeho said that the government will also allow irregular flights to bring back South Korean nationals from India. He says those returning will undergo virus tests three times and be placed under a quarantine.
India reported 3.86 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, its sharpest spike since the pandemic first gripped the country last year. With this the total caseload rose to over 1.87 crore. Out of the total cases, over 31 lakh cases are currently active while over 1.53 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Meanwhile, with 3,498 deaths, the death toll surged to 2.08 lakh.