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Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to battle significant Covid wave

Ireland is to donate 700 oxygen concentrators to India as part of efforts to assist with the devastating Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

India reported more than 350,000 confirmed cases in 24 hours on Monday, with hospitals in crisis, turning away patients due to a lack of oxygen and bed capacity.

It was the fifth day in a row that cases had hit a record peak, prompting pledges of aid from the US, the European Union and the UK.

Ireland is to send 700 oxygen concentrators – a device that draws oxygen from the air and delivers it to patients – as part of its emergency material donation.

The donation is being made through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, as part of Ireland’s contribution to the joint EU response to the crisis in India.

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