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Germany To Donate 60 Ventilators To The UK To Fight Coronavirus

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Germany To Donate 60 Ventilators To The UK To Fight Coronavirus

Germany is donating 60 ventilators to the UK to help with the fight against the coronavorus outbreak.

The German Embassy confirmed that the European neighbour was lending a hand to the British government as it tries to equip the NHS with the resources it desperately needs.

Speaking to The Guardian, a government official stated the country's armed forces would be donating 60 mobile ventilators completely free of charge to support the national effort.

A tweet from the German Embassy sharing the news later said: "Support for our friends in the UK - the Bundeswehr is donating 60 mobile ventilators to the UK."

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This will add to the 480 other ventilators that have been shipped into the UK from China, US, Sweden and Taiwan.

Germany says it will donate 60 mobile ventilators to the UK. Credit: PA
Germany says it will donate 60 mobile ventilators to the UK. Credit: PA

The news comes after it was reported that Turkey had begun sending planeloads of emergency personal protective equipment to the UK, in a bid to help in the fight against coronavirus.

MailOnline reports that the first flight left Ankara earlier today, packed with surgical masks and hazmat suits. A second flight is due to take off on Saturday (11 April).

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But it's not just governments that have a responsibility to fight the pandemic.

Earlier today (10 April), the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people to do their bit to support the incredible work the NHS is doing and stay home.

Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Mr Hancock urged people to resist the desire to enjoy the good weather at their local park or beach and to keep adhering to the social distancing measures that have been put in place.

Mr Hancock urged people to stay in this weekend. Credit: PA
Mr Hancock urged people to stay in this weekend. Credit: PA
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Calling on the public to play their part in a 'national effort', he said: "However warm the weather, however tempting the beach or park, we need everyone to stay at home.

"NHS staff are battling day and night to keep desperately sick people breathing and they need you to stay at home."

He added: "Even if you are not directly involved... there is something that every one of us can do to play your part in the national effort.

"Stay at home, because spreading the virus today risks lives tomorrow and increases pressure of those working in the NHS.

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"Do it for them. For it for the people you love."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: Science, World News, Interesting, Coronavirus, Technology, Health

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