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Three oxygen generators, 1,000 ventilators sent by UK arrive in India: FCDO

An oxygen generator sent by the UK getting offloaded from a transport aircraft at New Delhi on May 9, 2021. Photo: Foreign Office/UK government

New Delhi, May 9 (MNN) Three oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators sent by the United Kingdom to help India fight coronavirus pandemic had landed in the country, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office announced on Sunday.

“Three oxygen generators the size of shipping containers sent by the UK have arrived in India.

Each unit can produce 500 litres of oxygen per minute and provide life-saving support to those suffering from COVID-19. The UK stands with India at this difficult time,” the Foreign Office said.

On May 7, the Foreign office said that the world’s largest cargo plane had left Belfast during the day with three 18-tonne oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators for India.

The airport staff worked through the night to load the life-saving kit, funded by the FCDO, aboard the massive Antonov 124 aircraft.

“Each oxygen generation unit is the size of 40-foot freight containers. They are expected to reach India on Sunday morning, where the Indian Red Cross will help transfer them to hospitals.”

This support, previously announced, is in addition to 200 ventilators and 495 oxygen concentrators, which the UK sent to India in late April.

It comes following discussions with India and a pledge from Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the UK to do all it can to help.

The latest assistance package has been sourced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and is fully funded by the FCDO.

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