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COVID-19: 318 Oxygen Concentrators sent from US arrive in Delhi

Union Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, in a tweet, said, "All efforts to strengthen India's fight against the pandemic are on. 318 Philips Oxygen Concentrators on @airindiainflight from JFK Airport land at @DelhiAirport. Let there be no doubt. We will turn the tide."

COVID-19: 318 Oxygen Concentrators sent from US arrive in Delhi-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 26, 2021, 3:20 PM IST
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Over 300 Oxygen Concentrators arrived at Delhi airport on Monday afternoon from the United States as India battles the second wave of Covid-19 infection.

Union Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, in a tweet, said, "All efforts to strengthen India's fight against the pandemic are on. 318 Philips Oxygen Concentrators on @airindiainflight from JFK Airport land at @DelhiAirport. Let there be no doubt. We will turn the tide."

The Air India flight was loaded at John F Kennedy International Airport, New York on April 25. An oxygen concentrator is a medical equipment that concentrates oxygen from ambient air.

India also received the aid of 500 BiPAPs, 250 oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies from Singapore, which landed in Mumbai last night on an Air India flight.

The oxygen concentrator takes in air that consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. The atmospheric air then gets filtered and nitrogen is released, thus starting purifying the remaining oxygen. This filtered oxygen is around 95% pure.  According to a WHO report, concentrators are designed for continuous production of oxygen 24 hours a day for upto 5 years or more.

Earlier on Sunday, the United States agreed to send essential raw materials to India required for manufacturing vaccines.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan dialed up his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and offered to send resources and supplies to the Serum Institute of India (SII) to increase production of the vaccine against Covid-19.

India has been reeling under the deadly second wave of Covid-19. The country reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases and 2812 related deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike registered since the onset of the pandemic. 

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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