India sends first ever medical aid to China to fight coronavirus

India sends first ever medical aid to China to fight coronavirus
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  • calendar-gray 26 February 2020

After days of verbal spats, an Indian Air Force special flight, carrying around 15 tonnes of medical products, departed for the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The assistance, comprising masks, gloves, and emergency medical equipment, has been provided on the request of China.

“The medical supplies will help augment China’s efforts to control the outbreak of this infection which has been declared a Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organisation,” Indian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The flight will also "bring back some Indian and foreign nationals from some of our neighbouring countries who have sought assistance in travelling to India”, the foreign ministry added.

The initiative to send medical aid to the coronavirus-hit nation was launched after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to Chinese President Xi Jinping on 8 February and "offered assistance to China in this hour of need as a gift”.

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