Virus: first shipments of American medical aid arrive in India

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NEW DELHI | The first shipments of US medical aid arrived in India on Friday, which is seeing an exponential upsurge in COVID-19 cases.

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A Super Galaxy military carrier carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders along with other hospital equipment and nearly a million rapid coronavirus tests has landed at New Delhi International Airport as the Indian capital struggles against an unprecedented health crisis.

India is currently experiencing a record contamination rate with more than 370,000 cases and 3,600 deaths per day.

A large-scale international aid operation has been launched by many countries which have pledged their aid.

The US delivery, part of the Travis military base in California, follows talks this week between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The United States is delivering cargoes worth more than $ 100 million in order to provide urgent aid in the coming days to our partners in India,” Ned Price, spokesperson for India, said Thursday. state department.

U.S. officials said the special flights, which will also carry equipment donated by businesses and individuals, will continue next week.