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India sends 15 tons of medical assistance to Wuhan in Air Force special flight

Masked shoppers stand near the Apple logo in Beijing, China Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Tech giant Apple has reopened some stores in China but its stock value has fallen two days in a row as worries grow that the viral outbreak maybe unstoppable as cases spike in other countries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (KUNA) — Indian government on Wednesday dispatched an Indian Air Force (IAF) special flight carrying around 15 tons of medical assistance to the Corona virus-hit Wuhan city of China.
A press statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the special IAF aircraft carries 15 tons of medical assistance comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment.

“This assistance has been provided in the wake the Corona virus outbreak in China and the request by China to provide supplies such as masks and medical equipment,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed through a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 8 the solidarity of Indian people and government with the people and government of China.
The assistance given as a gift at this time of need “will help augment the China’s efforts to control the outbreak of this infection which has been declared as a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation,” it added.

The medical assistance assumes special importance as Asian giants are celebrating this year the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
The flight is expected to bring back some Indians and foreign nationals stranded in Wuhan as part of PM Modi’s neighborhood first policy. So far the deadly virus claimed 2,718 lives and 78,190 are tested positive in China alone where the corona-virus epidemic broke out recently.

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