Resources sent from Singapore to help India with COVID-19 crisis
With over 1.8 million new COVID-19 cases in the past week, hospitals in India are struggling to cope.
Essential medical equipment, such as oxygen-related supplies, has been sent to India from Singapore, said investment firm Temasek Holdings on Sunday (Apr 25).
India is struggling with dwindling resources having set a global record for the most COVID-19 cases daily for four days in a row in the past week.
Between Thursday and Sunday, India recorded 332,921, 346,786, 348,691 and 352,991 new COVID-19 cases daily.
In a Facebook post, Temasek said the first batch of supplies arrived in Mumbai on Sunday evening and will be distributed to various hospitals and COVID-19 treatment centres in the country.
On Saturday, four cryogenic oxygen cylinders, donated by India’s TATA Group, were airlifted to West Bengal by the Indian Air Force from Changi Airport, with help from SATS and the High Commission of India in Singapore.
They will be used in India to transport oxygen and ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen in the affected states.
“We are pleased to do our small part to help people in India as they combat this wave of COVID-19. No-one is safe till everyone is safe,” said Temasek in their Facebook post.
Hospitals across India have been turning away patients after running out of beds and medical oxygen. In capital Delhi, a lockdown has been extended a week to try and slow the spread of the infection.