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Emirates airline said on Sunday it will fly medical supplies from Dubai to nine cities in India free of charge from this week to help battle a devastating upsurge in infections and deaths.
International aid has poured in for India, where record infection rates have overwhelmed hospitals, depleting medicines, oxygen tanks and other supplies.
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways also airlifted 300 tonnes of aid free of charge from Doha to India.
On Sunday, India’s capital New Delhi and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh extended their lockdown and curfew rules till 17 May.
But pressure is mounting on prime minister Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide lockdown similar to the one imposed during the first wave last year, Reuters reports.