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.


Israel records highest single-day virus tally

Updated 35 min 49 sec ago

Israel records highest single-day virus tally

  • Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that the decision to allow businesses, including bars and event spaces, to re-open may have been made “too soon”
  • Certain towns and city neighborhoods across the country considered virus hotspots have been placed under more robust lockdowns

JERUSALEM: Israel has recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period, with nearly 1,500 new cases confirmed in the most recent daily count, the health ministry said Friday.
Israel had won early praise for its virus containment efforts, but cases have surged since a broad re-opening began in May.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted in a late Thursday news conference that the decision to allow businesses, including bars and event spaces, to re-open may have been made “too soon.”
“I take responsibility for it,” he told reporters.
From midnight (2100 GMT) on Wednesday to midnight on Thursday, the health ministry registered 1,504 new coronavirus infections — the highest single-day tally since Israel confirmed its first case on February 21.
The country of roughly nine million has now registered more than 36,000 cases, including 351 deaths.
Various restrictions have been re-imposed, including the closure of venues, clubs, bars, gyms and public pools.
Limits on the number of people allowed in restaurants and places of worship have also been reinstated.
Certain towns and city neighborhoods across the country considered virus hotspots have been placed under more robust lockdowns.
Israel’s director of public health services, Siegal Sadetzki, resigned this week, blasting her superiors for ignoring her advice and steering Israel’s virus response off course.
“Despite repeated warnings in different forums, we are watching with frustration as our window of opportunity (to contain the virus) is running out,” Sadetzki said in a Facebook post announcing her resignation.