UAE sends supplies to aid Iran in coronavirus fight

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The UAE sent over 32 tonnes of supplies to Iran. (WAM)
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The planes took off from Abu Dhabi. (WAM)
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This is the second batch of aid UAE sends to Iran. (WAM)
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Updated 17 March 2020

UAE sends supplies to aid Iran in coronavirus fight

  • The UAE has also provided medical supplies to Wuhan in China at the start of the coronavirus outbreak
  • They also earlier collaborated with WHO to send supplies and experts to Iran

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates sent two aid planes with over 32 metric tons of medical supplies to fight COVID-19 to Iran, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

The second batch of humanitarian relief planes took off from Abu Dhabi.

“The UAE’s efforts in carrying out a second medical aid flight to Iran are consistent with our country’s founding humanitarian principles, which guide our belief that providing life-saving assistance to those experiencing distress is essential to serving the common good,” Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy said.

The first aid delivery to Iran was made on March 3 in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), which involved 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies and five WHO experts.

The UAE has also provided medical supplies to Wuhan in China at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and to Afghanistan.


Kuwait shuts down dozens of shops for violating coronavirus precautionary

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Kuwait shuts down dozens of shops for violating coronavirus precautionary

  • About 1,142 warnings were issued during inspections of 1,197 shops
  • A total of 206 fines were issued for violations at shops where people failed to wear face masks and safety gloves

DUBAI: Kuwait’s Municipality has shut down 46 shops during the Eid Al-Adha holiday for violating the precautionary health instructions released by authorities, state news agency KUNA reported.
About 1,142 warnings were issued during inspections of 1,197 shops, the municipality said in a statement.
A total of 206 fines were issued for violations at shops where people failed to wear face masks and safety gloves to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it added.
Inspection visits also found 73 illegal livestock outlets and imposed 42 fines against illegal street vendors. Seven unlicensed butchers were also referred to authorities.