COVID Outbreak: Canada, Taiwan and many others send help to India

Lahore, 28th April: With the number of coronavirus cases soaring high in India, many countries have stepped forward to help the country in time of need.

According to reports, on Wednesday the situation of coronavirus pandemic went out of control in India, after the toll exceeded 200,000, with a severe shortage of oxygen, medical supplies and hospital staff.

As per the data, on Wednesday India recorded 3,60,960 new coronavirus cases in a day, the highest ever single-day rise. For the first time, 3,292 deaths were recorded in 24 hours taking the death toll to 2,01,187.

With such a devastating situation, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Germany, Singapore and Russia have offered to lend help India to deal with the health crisis.

According to reports, Britain, Australia, Germany and Ireland have sent ventilators and oxygen concentrators to New Delhi.

While Russia and Singapore have promised to send oxygen cylinders and medical supplies to India.

Taiwan has also pledged to send its first supply of oxygen generators this week. The spokesperson for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed the news on Twitter.

Kolas Yotaka, spokeswoman to the president wrote, “First shipment of oxygen generators from #Taiwan to #India is leaving this week. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that Canada will give $10 million which is approximately Rs 60 crore to India.

While addressing a press conference, the Canadian PM said that his Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau had a conversation with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to discuss how Canada can help India in such a dire situation.

Trudeau tweeted, “Right now, the people of India are facing a tragic situation. To help with everything from ambulance services to buying personal protective equipment, we’re contributing $10 million to @IndianRedCross through @RedCrossCanada. We stand ready to donate extra medical supplies, too.”

Similarly, New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta also announced to give 1 million NZ dollars (about $7,20,365) to help India.

She said that NZ stands in solidarity with India and appreciated the tireless efforts of healthcare workers battling the pandemic.

Mahuta said to The New Zealand Herald that Aotearoa (Maori name for NZ) will contribute NZ $1 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross to help India respond to the devastating coronavirus pandemic.

It is pertinent to mention here that the International Federation of the Red Cross is working with the Indian Red Cross Society in order to provide oxygen cylinders and other necessary medical supplies.

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