India has provided 15 tonnes of medical assistance to China including 1 lakh masks, 5 lakh gloves and other emergency medical equipment last month.
Five legislatures had raised questions in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, seeking details of the relief material sent to China to counter COVID-19 pandemic.
The Shiv Sena leader from Kolhapur district, Mr. Sanjay Mandlik, asked whether this goodwill gesture by India is likely to develop into strong Indo-China relations to which the Ministry of External Affairs replied: 'This assistance was provided as a mark of friendship and solidarity from the people of India towards the people of China as the two countries also celebrate 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.'
These supplies were delivered by an Indian Air Force C-17 special flight which landed in Wuhan, China last month and were handed over to the Hubei Charity Federation in Wuhan.
On the number coronavirus infected Indian citizens abroad, the MEA said that currently there 276 Indians in Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Rwanda, UAE and Sri Lanka.
Apart from China, India has also provided relief assistance to the Maldives and has dispatched a 14-member Indian team of pulmonologists, anesthetists, physicians and lab technicians to the island nation to help it fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recently, Indian envoy to Maldives, Mr. Sanjay Sudhir, handed over three months’ supply of medicines weighing 5.5 tonnes to the Maldives foreign minister, Mr. Shahid Abdulla.
Welcoming the gesture, the Maldives minister said, 'It will be a tremendous help as we combat the #COVID19. One country alone cannot face this pandemic. Together, we shall prevail.'
Last month, India had also evacuated nine Maldivians in two evacuation missions along with other Indian nationals from Wuhan in China which is the epicentre.
After the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, proposed a joint strategy to counter the coronavirus threat, the move was welcomed by all the SAARC nations. India has also proposed 10 million dollar relief package to fight the pandemic.