Israel sending respirators, medicines to COVID-battered India

Israel’s Foreign Ministry announces that it is sending planeloads of medical equipment, including respirators, oxygen generators, and medicines to India.

The first shipments will be sent tomorrow and the rest throughout the week, the ministry says.

“India is one of Israel’s closest and most important friends. Especially in this difficult period that India is going through, we stand by it and are sending life-saving equipment to our Indian brethren,” says Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

A shipment of medical equipment from Israel to India. (Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry)

India’s medical system has been severely strained by the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.

India reported 368,147 new coronavirus cases and 3,417 deaths on Monday — numbers that experts believe are vast undercounts because of a widespread lack of testing and incomplete reporting.

The health ministry says it has confirmed 19.9 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, behind only the United States, which has counted more than 32.4 million. It says more than 218,000 people have died.

AP contributed to this report.

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