India allows exports of ventilators as COVID-19 fatality rate dips

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-01 23:04:34|Editor: huaxia

NEW DELHI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- India on Saturday decided to allow exports of made-in-India Ventilators, even as the COVID-19 fatality rate has fallen over the past few weeks and usage of ventilators has been reduced to 0.22 percent only across the country.

An official statement issued by the federal health ministry said that the decision has been communicated to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for further action to facilitate the export of indigenously manufactured ventilators.

According to the statement, the significant decision comes on the heels of India continuing to maintain a progressively declining low rate of case fatality of COVID-19 patients, which currently stands at 2.15 percent.

As of July 31, only 0.22 percent of the active cases were on ventilators across the country.

Additionally, there has been substantial growth in the domestic manufacturing capacity of ventilators. Compared to January 2020, there are presently more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators, added the statement.

The prohibition on export of ventilators was imposed in March 2020 to ensure domestic availability to effectively fight COVID-19. All types of ventilators were prohibited for export with effect from March 24.

Now with export of ventilators having been allowed, it is hoped that domestic ventilators would be in a position to find new markets for Indian ventilators in foreign countries. Enditem

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