Russia to receive ventilators from US as cases near 300,000

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 19, 2020, 11:59 PM(IST)

Representative image of ventilators | The students of IIT Roorkee have developed Prana-Vayu a low cost ventilator, in association with AIIMS-Rishikesh which can be manufactured at just Rs 25,000.  Photograph:( PTI )

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According to the embassy, 50 ventilators out of 200 will be ready for shipment by Wednesday, whereas the remaining 150 will be ready shortly after. 

The United States has said that the delivery of  200 medical ventilators to Russia will begin this week. Russia has the world's second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Russia has reported 9,263 cases for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 299,941. The country recorded 115 deaths due to the virus taking the toll to 2,837. Russia has however seen a decline in daily cases, the country recorded cases below 10,000 for the fourth day in a row.

The US embassy in Moscow had said that Russian President Vladimir Putin requested for assistance from the United States President Donald Trump, after which US administration decided to give 200 ventilators to the country. 

According to the embassy, 50 ventilators out of 200 will be ready for shipment by Wednesday, whereas the remaining 150 will be ready shortly after. 

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 4.8 million, while the death toll has surpassed 318,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,801,282, while the death toll increased to 318,465, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US currently accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 15,37,830 and 90,694, respectively.

Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Greece, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Germany while its leaders discussed how to salvage hallowed summer vacations.

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