India, like most parts of the world, is in a race against time to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of its medical teams fighting to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The country has reported more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and at least 289 have died. The first 100 cases were mostly reported in cities, but now more people have tested positive in smaller towns and cities.
This has generated a huge demand for protective equipment for doctors and health workers across the country, and state governments are struggling to cope with it.
In some cases, doctors were forced to use raincoats and motorbike helmets.
Several doctors and nurses have tested positive in cities like Delhi and Mumbai and the hospitals where they worked have been shut down. This has raised serious concerns about the safety of frontline medical staff.