LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will send another 1,000 fans to India, the government said on Sunday, stepping up its support as India’s health system struggles to cope with a huge surge in COVID-19 cases. India has reported more than 300,000 cases daily for more than 10 days in a row, leaving hospitals, morgues and crematoriums overwhelmed. The British government had previously agreed to send 600 medical devices, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators. “This support will help to urgently meet some of India’s urgent needs, particularly oxygen for patients,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “We are determined to help our Indian friends in their hour of need.” Top British health officials have also spoken with their Indian counterparts to offer advice. Other nations, including the United States, Germany and Pakistan, are also providing support, as the number of daily infections in India reached 392,488, with a total death toll of more than 215,000. Britain’s latest support comes ahead of a call between Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi, scheduled for Tuesday, that will seek to deepen bilateral ties. The meeting replaces an in-person visit Johnson was scheduled to make in April but had to cancel due to increased infections. The Modi government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown, but nearly 10 Indian states and union territories have imposed some kind of restrictions.
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