Singapore sends medical supplies and equipment to Indonesia as daily COVID-19 cases hit record
SINGAPORE: Singapore sent medical supplies and equipment to Indonesia on Friday, July 9 amid rising COVID-19 cases, Singapore’s Foreign Ministry (MFA) said.
Indonesia reported a new daily record of 38,391 COVID-19 infections and 852 additional deaths from the disease on Thursday, its second-highest daily death toll, according to official data.
More than 2.4 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic, with 63,760 deaths.
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“Singapore stands in solidarity with Indonesia against the wave of COVID-19,” the MFA said in a press release.
“In response to Indonesia’s request, the Singapore government provided an initial tranche of medical supplies and equipment, including oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and personal protective equipment such as as surgical and N95 masks, gloves and gowns to support Indonesia’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, ”the ministry said.
On Friday morning, two Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 planes left Paya Lebar Air Base for Jakarta.
Several government agencies in Singapore and Indonesia have worked closely together to arrange for the shipment of medical supplies as soon as possible, the MFA added.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan handed over medical supplies and equipment to Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Suryo Pratomo at Paya Lebar Air Base.
“For the past year and a half, we have all faced the unprecedented challenge COVID-19 has caused us,” Dr Balakrishnan said in his remarks at the handover ceremony.
With the spread of the Delta variant across the world in recent months, the challenge has “intensified”, the minister said.
“The current situation in Indonesia is also due to the spread of the Delta variant, and as neighbors and close partners, we stand in solidarity with all the Indonesian people,” he added.
Singapore sent COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Indonesia last year.
“In return – I think a lot of people may not know this – when we had to establish community health facilities very quickly, the Republic of Indonesia was very helpful in providing us with equipment and furniture. essentials that we needed to equip it, ”said Dr Balakrishnan. .
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“So now, when they need it, we stand with them in support. It’s that kind of mutual support that is the strength of our relationship – not just at the government-to-government level, but at the people’s level. – at the level of people. ”
“It is a physical manifestation of the strength of our relations and our solidarity with the Indonesian people,” added the minister.
The Singapore Armed Forces and the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) are working closely together, Dr Balakrishnan said, adding that the operation would not be possible without the direct participation of the two forces.
An “additional tranche of assistance” will be provided through the Singapore Navy.