No coronavirus deaths reported in UAE in last 24 hours

Vistors wear masks during the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 29, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 July 2020

No coronavirus deaths reported in UAE in last 24 hours

DUBAI: The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi hailed efforts by medical teams in the UAE after the country reported zero deaths from Covid-19 during the last 24 hours.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan thanked the “front-line heroes” for their hard work and commended UAE residents for adhering to precautionary measures.

The UAE health ministry reported 275 new infections from the coronavirus on Wednesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 55,848.

The new infections were discovered after 48,000 tests were carried out.

The ministry also recorded 393 recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who recovered from the virus in the UAE to 46,418.

A total of 335 virus-related deaths have been recorded in the UAE since the pandemic outbreak.


Canada launches a Lebanon relief fund after Beirut blast

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Canada launches a Lebanon relief fund after Beirut blast

  • The money will go to the Humanitarian Coalition, which brings together a dozen Canadian humanitarian organizations on the ground in Lebanon
  • The assistance is part of the Can$5 million aid package announced earlier this week by Ottawa

MONTREAL: The Canadian government announced on Saturday the launch of a Lebanon relief fund, calling on citizens to give generously to victims of the massive explosion that killed more than 150 people and injured 6,000 in Beirut.
“Every dollar donated by individual Canadians between August fourth and 24th will be matched by the government of Canada... up to a maximum of Can$2 million,” or $1.5 million, said International Development Minister Karina Gould at a news conference.
The money will go to the Humanitarian Coalition, which brings together a dozen Canadian humanitarian organizations on the ground in Lebanon, she said.
It will use its expertise to distribute the aid in areas such as water supply, sanitation, food and shelter.
“I encourage Canadians to donate to the Lebanon Matching Fund to help save lives and meet the urgent needs of the affected population,” said the minister, adding it was the best way for citizens to help.
The assistance is part of the Can$5 million aid package announced earlier this week by Ottawa.
A group of Lebanese-Canadian businessmen has announced plans to raise at least $2.5 million to help the disaster-stricken population.
Tuesday’s massive explosion leveled Beirut port and killed at least 158 people.
A fire at the port had ignited a large stock of ammonium nitrate, triggering an explosion that was felt as far away as Cyprus and destroyed entire neighborhoods.
It was widely perceived as a direct consequence of corruption and incompetence, an egregious case of callousness on the part of an already reviled ruling elite.