Coronavirus: UAE sends 10 tonnes of medical supplies to Italy

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The UAE sent 10 tonnes of medical supplies to Italy to help medics tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

The shipment will help to support more than 10,000 doctors and nurses, the UAE government said.

Italy is one of the worst affected countries worldwide.

It had recorded 128,000 confirmed cases and more than 15,000 deaths as of Monday, April 6. About 21,000 people have recovered from the virus.

Medical aid such as masks, gloves and protective suits are crucial to ensure medics on the front line do not become casualties.

"Thanks to my colleague Abdullah bin Zayed for the friendship and solidarity shown," Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio wrote on Twitter in a message to the UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

"A gesture that we will not forget."

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Omar Al Shamsi, UAE ambassador to Italy, said the UAE's humanitarian programme "prioritises support for the leadership and people of countries experiencing challenges".

"These initiatives include emergency assistance collaborations with the World Health Organisation, as well as the provision of aid to various countries, including China, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Seychelles to help them overcome this crisis."

On Sunday, the UAE sent an aid flight to Pakistan carrying 11 tonnes of protective equipment for medical staff.

It included 20,000 Covid-19 test kits, 500,000 gloves, 30,000 protective gowns and face masks and 10,000 sanitisers.

Pakistan recorded 2,899 cases of Covid-19, with the death toll at 45 and with 208 recovered patients, as of Sunday.

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Updated: April 6, 2020 01:27 PM

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