COVID-19: UK sends ventilators as India suffers ‘world's worst surge'.

Life-saving ventilators are being sent to India from the UK after people have been dying in the street in the "world's worst Covid surge".

Over 600 pieces of medical kit will arrive in the pandemic-stricken country after Boris Johnson vowed to "stand side by side" with India.

On Sunday, India set a new global record for daily Covid infections, reporting 349,691 cases - bringing the total to 16.96 million.

Dominic Raab tweeted: "Today we have sent the first of several urgent deliveries of surplus medical equipment to our friends in India to help provide life-saving care for vulnerable Covid patients. No-one is safe until we are all safe."

Nine airline container loads of supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators - are set to be sent to India this week.

Mr Johnson, who had been due to visit India this week but cancelled due to the spike in cases, said: "We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19."

Mr Johnson, who had been due to visit India this week but cancelled due to the spike in cases, said: "We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19.

"Vital medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now on its way from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the tragic loss of life from this terrible virus.

"We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I'm determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against pandemic."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "The heart-breaking scenes in India show once again how awful this terrible disease is.

"We are determined to support the people of India through this very difficult time, and I am hugely grateful to those who have worked hard to make this initial delivery happen.

"This first delivery of life saving equipment will provide much needed assistance and we stand ready to do more."

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