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Cumbrian firms asked to help India battle COVID-19

Medics arrive to take blood samples of residents of Spanish Garden residential complex after a COVID-19 positive case was detected in an apartment, in Guwahati earlier this month

Cumbrian firms are being asked support the international effort to help India deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

A second wave of the pandemic is having a devastating effect in the sub-continent.

More than 200,000 people have died this week.

It recorded 323,144 new infections, yesterday, brining its total past 17.6 million, behind only the US.

Hospitals in Delhi and other cities are seeing a shortage of oxygen and beds.

UNICEF, the British-Asian Trust, the United Kingdom India Business Council and the British Chambers of Commerce have put out appeals for the international community to rally and address this humanitarian situation.

In line with the national and international effort, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is asking for businesses across the county that have the following supplies to get in touch:

  • Empty, refillable Oxygen cylinders with 10 litres and 45 litres LMO capacity;
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • In situ oxygen manufacturing plants for hospitals
  • Remdesivir

Suzanne Caldwell, managing director of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “Cumbria has proved to be a resilient community when it comes to dealing with our own devastating issues due to COVID-19, and on numerous other occasions.

“So I’m sure Cumbrian businesses in a position to do so will step up yet again.

“Hopefully we can demonstrate that we can not only just help our own communities but those which are in a similar grave need, despite being over the other side of the globe.

“While a specific list has been identified, if there are other items, services or support you, your supply chain or wider network can provide which could be helpful, please highlight those too.”

If any businesses are able to help, get in touch with the UKIBC at [email protected] or UNICEF at [email protected] or call +91 8743 00 2523.