Support for India

Germany to send assistance to India to help combat coronavirus. 

Support for India

Berlin/New Delhi (dpa) - Germany is sending 330,000 coronavirus test kits and 600,000 sets of protective gear for health care workers to India to help the country cope with the pandemic, Development Aid Minister Gerd Mueller said in remarks to Funke media group newspapers published on Sunday.

In addition, the ministry is providing short-term loans worth 460 million euros (some 544 million dollars) for food and for bridging aid to people in India who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.

"This is one of the largest [coronavirus] support measures worldwide," said Mueller.

The novel coronavirus is spreading faster in India than anywhere across the world, with 1 million new Covid-19 cases reported during the past two weeks, taking the total there to well past 4 million, according to government data released on Sunday.