New Delhi: In the latest mission to evacuate citizens from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday said it will send C-17 military aircraft to visit China on February 20. The Indian Air Force also stated that Delhi will send medical supplies to Wuhan for Indian nationals who are affected by the disease. Also Read - ‘Govt Reviews Coronavirus Impact on Industry, no Concern Over Price Rise,' Assures Sitharaman
The development comes after Union Finance Minister earlier in the said that there is no shortage of medicines in the country in the wake of the coronavirus. She also stated that the medical equipment manufacturing companies are demanding to add some more items that can be exported.
“There could be some disruptions in supplies and concerns have been expressed by the representative of pharma, solar and chemical industries,” she said.
He also said that there is no report of a shortage of masks and medicines in Indian hospitals. “In fact, there was a demand from those who manufacture medical devices to remove the ban on exports,” she said.
She also said a secretary-level meeting on the impact and relief will be held on Wednesday and the Finance Ministry Secretaries will talks to the assigned departmental secretaries for pinning down the problems.
Earlier in the day, Chinese Envoy Sun Weidong, addressing a press conference, said that the epidemic is generally now under control. He also said that the number of confirmed cases outside Hubei province is steadily coming down.
“The epidemic is generally now under control. As of February 17, outside Hubei province, the number of confirmed cases has been declining for 14 consecutive days across China,” Sun Weidong, Chinese Envoy to India, said.
He also went on to say that the Chinese government has sufficient resources and policy tools to cope with economic fluctuations following the coronavirus epidemic.
“The coronavirus outbreak has not been able to impact the strong fundamentals of China’s strong economy. We have allocated RMB 80 billion to contain the deadly disease,” Weidong added.
As per updates from Chinese state health committee, the death toll in mainland China from the novel coronavirus outbreak has increased by 98 over the past 24 hours to 1,868. It also said that the number of confirmed cases has gone up by 1,886 to 72,436.