Japan to provide 300 oxygen concentrators, ventilators to India amid COVID-19 oxygen crisis


Tokyo: Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki on Friday (April 30) informed that the country will provide 300 oxygen generators and as many ventilators to India which is currently facing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking to Twitter, Suzuki said that Japan stands with India in its "greatest time of need".

"Japan stands with India in her greatest time of need. We have decided to proceed with the procedure to provide 300 oxygen generators and 300 ventilators," he tweeted.

On Thursday (April 29), Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said that Japan has been a "close partner" in international cooperation and has been responsive to many of India`s requirements.

"Japan has been a very close partner in whatever areas of importance that are there in terms of international cooperation and (we are) very happy that Japan has been responsive to many of our requirements and here Japan has offered a number of items including concentrators, ventilators, and pharmaceutical products," he said in a special media briefing.

India on Friday (April 30) morning received coronavirus-related assistance from Romania and the United Kingdom.

Taking to Twitter, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has received 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders from Romania, while it received 280 oxygen concentrators from the UK.

The surge in the COVID-19 cases continues to affect India as the country on Thursday (April 29) recorded 3,79,257 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike in the cases since the pandemic began last year.

The worsening COVID-19 situation in India has seen a surge in the demand for medical oxygen and beds for the COVID-19 patients. Several countries around the world have come forward to help India.

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