India to send consignment of medical supplies to China

India will send a consignment of medical supplies on a relief flight to Wuhan city to support China in combating the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the country, Indian Embassy in China said.

The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in China has climbed to 1,770 after 105 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei province, officials said.

"GoI will send a consignment of medical supplies on a relief flight to Wuhan to support China to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. On its return, the flight will have limited capacity to take on board Indians wishing to return to India from Wuhan/Hubei," the embassy tweeted.

The National Health Commission said 2,048 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, taking the total number of COVID-19 infected cases to 70,548, the state-run 'Xinhua' news agency reported.

China has said that it needed medical masks, gloves and suits especially for the medical staff attending the virus affected patients. Masks also have become scarce in China in view of the nationwide demand in the last three weeks.