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India gifts 10-tonne of medicines to Sri Lanka


People stand in a queue to buy kerosene oil at a fuel station during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo on April 7, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)
People stand in a queue to buy kerosene oil at a fuel station during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo on April 7, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA gifted a 10-tonne consignment of essential life saving medicines to Sri Lanka upon its request on Tuesday (7).

Sri Lanks has reported 180 COVID-19 positive cases and six deaths in the country.

The consignment was brought to Sri Lanka by an Air India special charter flight.

“This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand with Sri Lanka, in rain and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners,” the Indian embassy said in a statement.

The ministry of health of India has started offering online training sessions for health professionals in SAARC countries.

“Sri Lanka has been a valuable partner in all these initiatives,” the Indian mission said.

The Sri Lankan doctors’ trade union has warned that the number of positive cases is projected to rise within 48 days of the first confirmed case.  Sri Lanka’s first case was detected on March 11.

The doctors say the pandemic spread would be extended in the country at least until end of June.

The doctors’ union said there are 42,000 people who had come in contact with the positive cases confirmed so far.

Sri Lanka is under a lockdown with key districts being placed under continuous curfew.

Immigration authorities on Tuesday suspended the entry of all foreign nationals into the country until further notice.