Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will send $10 million through the Canadian Red Cross to the Indian Red Cross to help that country’s stretched health-care system cope with a record-setting number of COVID-19 infections.
The Prime Minister said the money will go to fund ambulance services and the local purchasing of personal protective equipment.
On Tuesday, India reported 323,144 new infections for a total of more than 17.6 million cases, behind only the United States.
India’s Health Ministry also reported another 2,771 deaths in the past 24 hours, with 115 Indians succumbing to the disease every hour. Experts say those figures are likely undercounted.
Trudeau said relevant ministers are also in touch with their Indian counterparts about what more Canada can do to help.
“We’ve all seen the heartbreaking news from hospitals in India that are unable to keep up with the number of patients. Earlier today, Minister Garneau spoke with his Indian counterpart about how Canada can best help, including through the donation of extra medical supplies,” said Trudeau.
The U.S., the U.K. and France have all committed to sending vaccine-related materials, ventilators, oxygen and other supplies to the country.
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