South Korean Help To India

India’s struggle against the global Covid-19 pandemic has been the toughest in the last few months, with the sharp increase in the number of daily cases and the urgent need for medical supplies all over the country. Many countries have come forward to succor us in this dire time of need. South Korea too, has extended its aid following the announcement made earlier in April 2021. The country sent medical supplies as Covid relief to India.

On May 9th, South Korea dispatched its first batch of medical necessities – 200 oxygen cylinders, 230 oxygen concentrators, and 100 negative pressure isolation stretchers from Incheon, South Korea. Indian Embassy in South Korea took to its official social media and their official website to announce the same. The delivery is to be made by two flights, arriving on 9th and 12th May respectively. The first flight reached IGI airport on 9th May at 4:30 pm and the supplies will be donated to the Indian Red Cross Society. The second flight also arrived exactly on scheduled time, carrying medical equipment which included 200 more oxygen concentrators.

“I hope this supply will be helpful to ease the COVID-19 emergency situation in India. The Korean government will continue to work closely with the Indian Government in responding to the unfolding challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” – Ambassador Shin Bong-Kil on receiving the delivery in India.

These two deliveries account for 20% of the whole support plan. Preparations for more deliveries are in progress.

Recent years have seen both the countries underpinning their friendship through various developments. The South Korean Covid relief to India during the pandemic also strengthens the bond between the two tactical partners.

Update:

The second consignment of Covid Relief from South Korea is already on its way to India. Three flights carrying the supplies – 100 oxygen concentrators, 10 ventilators, 101 negative pressure carriers and, 10,000 antigen test kits will arrive on three different dates respectively, out of which the first flight reached India on 13th May. The remaining two flights will arrive on 14th and 16th May.

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