Russia awaits U.S. ventilator aid as coronavirus cases near 300,000

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States stated on Tuesday it could this week begin delivering 200 medical ventilators to Russia, which has the world’s second highest variety of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry members carrying private protecting tools (PPE) spray disinfect ant whereas sanitizing the platforms of the Kievsky Railway Station amid the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia May 18, 2020. Sofya Sandurskaya/Moscow News Agency/Handout through REUTERS

Russia reported 9,263 new infections on Tuesday, pushing its nationwide complete to 299,941, and 115 extra deaths, taking the entire dying toll to 2,837. Only the United States has reported extra coronavirus cases.

It was the fourth successive day that the variety of new cases was under 10,000. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated on Monday Russia had halted the expansion in infections and that there have been different constructive indicators.

Mishustin, one in all 4 authorities ministers to catch the coronavirus, has been discharged from a clinic and is now working usually, the Interfax information company quoted his spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

The U.S. embassy in Moscow stated Russian President Vladimir Putin had requested help from the United States and that U.S. President Donald Trump had provided to ship 200 U.S.-made ventilators.

The presidents spoke by phone on May 7.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated the United States deliberate to ship the machines in two planes and that Washington would cowl all the prices.

“I hope they (the ventilators) help us overcome the current situation,” Lavrov advised a information convention by video hyperlink.

A primary batch of 50 ventilators ought to be prepared for cargo on Wednesday, whereas the remaining 150 will likely be prepared shortly after, the embassy stated in a press release.

Russia despatched a batch of its personal ventilators to the United States in early April, however U.S. officers say they weren’t wanted in the long run.

The Russian ventilator in query, the Aventa-M, got here into the highlight final week after it was reported to have triggered fires in hospital in Moscow and St Petersburg.

That prompted Russia to droop using Aventa-M ventilators produced after April 1.

Additional reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Gleb Stolyarov and Anastasia Teterevleva; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Alex Richardson