New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday informed that first consignment of oxygen concentrators have arrived from Germany on an Air India flight.
In a tweet, the minister on Thursday said: "First consignment of Oxygen concentrators from Germany arrives in Delhi on @airindiain Flight AI120. More to follow." "Every stakeholder of India's civil aviation sector is making a meaningful contribution in our unrelenting fight against COVID."
Besides, Air India, SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of SpiceJet, on Wednesday, airlifted 1,000 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong to Delhi. In the last two weeks, more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators have been airlifted by SpiceJet for SpiceHealth.
As India continues to grapple with the worst surge of the coronavirus, the country has received global help from across the world. Many countries like the US, UK, Germany, Canada and France have offered medical equipment to help the country fight against covid-19 pandemic.
The exponential rise in daily number of cases has lifted the demand for these medical equipment which are used to provide oxygen to Covid-19 patients especially as the country faces a supply crunch in the availability of medical oxygen.
On Thursday, the country reported its biggest one day surge of 3.79 lakh Covid-19 cases and 3,645 deaths on Thursday, a new record in daily infections and deaths in the country. As the numbers increase, nearly 1.33 crore people registered on the Co-Win platform for the next phase of the nationwide coronavirus vaccination drive, which will cover all adults between the ages of 18 and 45.