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COVID-19: India reaches out to China

Major relief:Indians who were airlifted from Hubei province of China, at ITBP’s quarantine facility in New Delhi. All 406 people at the facility tested negative for the virus.PTI

Major relief:Indians who were airlifted from Hubei province of China, at ITBP’s quarantine facility in New Delhi. All 406 people at the facility tested negative for the virus.PTI  

‘Will soon send a consignment of medical supplies’

India will do everything within its means to assist the people of China to combat the deadly COVID-19 outbreak and would soon send a consignment of medical supplies, Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri said on Sunday.

The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in China has climbed to 1,665 after 142 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei province, officials said on Sunday.

“As a concrete step to tackle the outbreak, India will soon send a consignment of medical supplies to China,” Mr. Misri said, adding this would fully demonstrate the goodwill, solidarity and friendship of the people and the Government of India with the Chinese people.

Ban lifted

Indian officials said the details of the aid required by China were being worked out and the consignment would be sent as soon as they were finalised.

India has also lifted the export ban and cleared some of the medical equipment ordered by Chinese importers.

China has said it needed medical masks, gloves and suits, especially for the medical staff attending the virus-affected patients. Masks have become scarce in China in view of the nationwide demand in the last three weeks.

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