Health workers attend to a suspected covid-19 positive patient at jumbo Covid-19 centre in Mumbai, India, 21 April 2021. COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in several metro cities, resulting in a shortage of beds and oxygen supply. EPA-EFE/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

Russia will soon supply a large batch of medical aid to India to help it combat the novel coronavirus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Russian leadership has made a decision in the spirit of friendship and especially privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and with the goal of combating a surge in the coronavirus incidence. A large batch of assistance will be sent to India on an urgent flight of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which includes oxygen concentrators, lung ventilators, anti-COVID drugs and other necessary medical supplies and drugs,” the ministry said.

The medical aid will be delivered in the coming days, the ministry stated.

Over the past day, India confirmed 323,100 COVID-19 cases. The total case tally in the country has hit 17.6 mln. On Tuesday, the daily caseload decreased 8% for the first time over the past six days. In the previous five days India registered new highs in daily coronavirus cases. The death toll has reached 197,800, growing by 2,700 over the past day. Some 2.8 mln patients are receiving treatment for COVID-19.