Germany gives 17.8 million dollars in aid for COVID-19 to India

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German Development Minister Gerd Müller on Sunday said Germany is significantly expanding its aid program in India where coronavirus cases are soaring rapidly.

Germany will give the South Asian country 330,000 coronavirus testing kits and 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment worth a total of €15 million ($17.8 million), Mr. Müller told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe media company.

Mr. Müller stressed that the aid measures are aimed at “slowing down further spread” of the disease in the country.

Germany’s Development Ministry is also providing short-term loans to India worth €460 million. “This way, we are working together to ensure that food can be distributed to 800 million people and that bridging aid can be given to the 320 million people who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis,” Mr. Müller said, calling the aid program “one of the largest coronavirus support measures in the world.”

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