As the COVID-19 outbreak grips the entire nation, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been doing its bit to ensure the continuous supply of essential commodities to the states. In the same efforts, the IAF operated C-17, C-130, IL-76, An-32 and Dornier aircraft to transport vital goods to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Guwahati and Leh on Friday night. Along with this, the IAF flew over 140 fights carrying loads over 200 tonnes to several locations across the country.
आज, भारतीय वायु सेना के C-17, C-130, IL-76, An-32 और Dornier विमान ने मुंबई, बेंगलुरु, गुवाहाटी, त्रिवेंद्रम और लेह में आवश्यक सामान पहुंचाया। जिसमें लखनऊ से गुवाहाटी तक सेना के डॉक्टरों की शिफ्टिंग भी शामिल है।#IndianCovidWarriors#भारतीय_वायु_सेना#IndiaFightsCorona #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/NpKiqYiQHC— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) April 10, 2020
#हर_काम_देश_के_नाम - वायु योद्धाओं और उनकी मशीनें देश भर में कार्यरत हैं ताकि यह सुनिश्चित किया जा सके कि मेडिकल उपकरण, कीटाणुनाशक और चिकित्सा नमूने #कोरोना_वायरस के खिलाफ लड़ाई में #कोरोना_वॉरियर्स की सहायता के लिए वांछित गंतव्य तक पहुंचें। pic.twitter.com/qhx9yX3XL7— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) April 10, 2020
On Wednesday, the Indian Air Force said it has transported around 25 tonnes of essential medical supplies from Delhi, Surat, Chandigarh to Manipur, Nagaland and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The medical supplies include personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitiser, surgical gloves, thermal scanners, the IAF said in a statement, adding that medical personnel are also being taken from one place to another using their aircraft.
The Centre on March 24 announced a nationwide lockdown to fight COVID-19. All road, rail and air services have been suspended for a period of three weeks. However, freight movement has been delivering essential commodities across the country. Essential services including medical shops, petrol pumps, grocery stores, milk booths and online shopping of vital items have been exempted from the lockdown.
With 40 deaths and 1,035 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday witnessed the highest ever increase in coronavirus cases, taking the tally of the infected people in the country to 7,447, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
(With inputs from agencies)