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People cremate the bodies of victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi. Image Credit: Reuters

Cairo: A Kuwaiti Air Force plane carrying medical aid left for India, which grapples with a massive surge in COVID-19 infections, according to the Kuwaiti Defence Ministry.

The aid is part of an air lift between the two countries, including the shipment of 25 tonnes of emergency medical supplies for COVID-19 victims, the ministry added.

The assistance was dispatched in coordination with the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry and the Red Crescent Society.

Late last month, Kuwait declared solidarity with India as its health system has crumbled under the surge, and pledged to send oxygen and other medical supplies to the South Asian country.

Several countries across the globe have pledged urgent aid to India amid reports that its hospitals have run out of oxygen supplies and find it hard to cope with the dramatic increase in COVID-19 patients.

Kuwait last month suspended all commercial flights with India until further notice due to the health scene there.

The ban applies to passengers directly coming from India or through a third country unless they have stayed for at least 14 days outside India.

Indians in Kuwait are almost 1 million, being one of the largest foreign communities in the Gulf country

Exempted from the ban, which went into effect on April 24, are Kuwaiti citizens, their first-degree relatives (husband, wife and children) and accompanying domestic workers.