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International aid: Air Force flies ventilators to India

An Air Force machine started on Saturday with auxiliary material for India, which was hit by a particularly bad corona wave.

With 120 ventilators in the hold, the aircraft set off from Cologne-Wahn Airport for the Indian capital New Delhi. The landing there is planned after about nine hours of flight time, as the Air Force explained. "There are also medical personnel on board who are supposed to prepare the operation of a plant for the production of oxygen," said a spokesman for the German press agency.

This team consists of 13 employees. They are supposed to instruct staff from the local Red Cross in India and stay in the country for 14 days.

The Air Force is using the Airbus A350 "Kurt Schumacher" for India Aid, which is also used by Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of the government. Political flight operations are currently significantly restricted due to the corona pandemic.

In view of the catastrophic conditions in the Indian health system, the federal government is participating in the international aid for the country. Further flights are planned on Wednesday and Thursday to transport the oxygen plant to India. Two of the squadron's A400M transporters are to be deployed in Wunstorf, Lower Saxony, and fly to New Delhi with a stopover in Dubai. The Bundeswehr medical personnel will then take over the facility there.

India registered more than 400,000 new infections with the coronavirus in one day, according to figures from the Ministry of Health on Saturday. This was the ninth day in a row that India reached a record high. Over the same period, 3,523 people died in connection with Covid-19. Hospitals and crematoriums have been overcrowded for days in the South Asian country of more than 1.3 billion people.

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