As many as 18,000 empty oxygen cylinders donated by the Chinese government have arrived at Tatopani checkpoint in Sindhupalchowk district today via roadway.

According to Ganesh Pandey, press coordinator to Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinator of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre Ishwor Pokharel, these cylinders will be brought to Kathmandu once the Chinese government officially hands them over to Nepal.

As Nepal has been under the grip of second wave of Covid-19, there has been high demand of oxygen cylinders to treat the infected people that are in want of additional oxygen supply.

Earlier, Nepal had received 400 oxygen cylinders from China. Preparations are afoot to ferry 1,600 remaining cylinders, out of 20,000, provided by China in grant assistance, informed Pandey.

The Nepal Airlines Corporation's wide-body aircraft, which had flown to China on Saturday, is bringing 550 additional oxygen cylinders from China today itself.