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Indian medtech startups on front line in coronavirus fight

From test kits to ventilators, companies show ability to help weather crisis

People sanitize their hands after burying one of their relatives who died due to COVID-19 in Chennai. India is under a nationwide lockdown to contain the new coronavirus.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- A host of Indian medical startups are harnessing their technology expertise to help the country's 1.3 billion population, currently under a nationwide lockdown, to fight the novel coronavirus and contain the spread of the infection.

From solutions to shortages of critical medical equipment such as COVID-19 test kits and ventilators, to providing remote health monitoring, these startups suddenly find themselves at the forefront of the battle to get India through the pandemic, ramping up production and tweaking their existing technology to new ends.

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