Germany sends ventilators to India

The German Air Force's Airbus A350-900 took off from Cologne and was expected to land in New Delhi around 1630 GMT.

The shipment will be followed by two more planes bringing a mobile oxygen production facility spread out into several containers on Wednesday and Thursday (May 5 and 6), a press release from the defense ministry said.

A defesce ministry spokesperson told Reuters earlier this week that 16 German soldiers will help set it up and instruct staff of the Indian Red Cross in its operation.

The German military will lend the facility to India to help it tackle the health crisis, according to the spokesman.