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13/06/20

Bosnian airport workers unload cargo from a Boeing 747-400 airplane owned by the United Arab Emirates government after it landed at Sarajevo International Airport, on May 27, 2020, carrying a donation of 20 tons of medical equipment and protective gear, donated to Bosnia and Herzegovina by the UAE’s prime minister to aid in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (File/AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia has sent medical supplies to Syrian refugees in Jordan
  • The UAE has dispatched 9 metric tons of medical aid and 10,000 testing kits to Costa Rica

DUBAI: Arab countries are lending a helping hand as far as the Caribbean to help countries deal with coronavirus outbreaks through the timely delivery of medical aid.

Saudi Arabia has sent medical supplies to Syrian refugees in Jordan to help them prevent further spread of the easily transmitted virus, state news agency SPA reported. A week earlier, clinics received over 6,437 patients who were assisted with the necessary medications provided by the Kingdom.

The UAE, meanwhile, has dispatched 9 metric tons of medical aid and 10,000 testing kits to Costa Rica to help the country in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak, state news agency WAM reported. The aid is said to assist about 9,000 medical professionals.

Saturday, June 13, 2020 (All times in GMT

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15:30 – Pakistan’s well-loved former cricket captain and legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19 in a tweet on Saturday.

12:30 – Saudi Arabia announced 39 more deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 3,366 new cases of the disease on Saturday.

11:52 – The UAE has confirmed 491 new coronavirus cases, 815 recoveries, bringing the total number of infected cases to 41,990 with 26,761 recoveries.

10:40 – India has reported another record daily spike in coronavirus infections as the country passes the grim milestone of 300,000 cases.

India’s coronavirus caseload jumped by about 100,000 cases in a week, which coincided with the reopening of shopping malls, houses of worship and restaurants. (AFP)

10:32 – Qatar has confirmed 1,828 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 78,416.

09:54 – Iran has recorded 71 coronavirus deaths and 2,410 new cases.

09:24 – Malaysia has reported 43 new coronavirus cases, 8,445 in total with one death.

09:00 – Oman has reported 1,006 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 22,077.

08:13 – A total of 834 people recovered from coronavirus in Kuwait, raising total recoveries to 25,882. The country has also recorded four coronavirus deaths and 514 new cases, raising total infections to 35,466 with 289 fatalities.

08:05 – Afghanistan has recorded five coronavirus fatalities and 556 new cases.

08:03 – Sudan has confirmed 149 new coronavirus cases, raisingthe total number of infections to 6,879.

08:02 – France said it will reopen its borders starting July 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

08:02 – Russia reported 8,706 new coronavirus cases, bringing its cumulative infection tally to 520,129.
The authorities said 114 people had died of the virus in the last 24 hours, raising the official national death toll to 6,829.

06:55 – Iraq’s Kurdistan has registered 112 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 2,005.

06:24 – Humanitarian workers and medical personnel believe the coronavirus is spreading unchecked and untracked through Sudan’s most marginalized territory. READ MORE

05:00 – The top US infectious disease official cautioned that the “blips” of rising coronavirus hospitalizations being reported by some states could get out of control if robust contact tracing regimes are not put in place. FOR THE STORY

04:39 – Australia’s largest state of New South Wales reported its first locally transmitted COVID-19 case since late May, a sign the threat from the pandemic is far from over as social distancing restrictions continue to be eased.

04:30 – China has mobilized its army and fast-tracked tests in the global race to find a coronavirus vaccine, but its labs also have an image tarnished by past health scandals to overcome. Six months after the first cases emerged in the city of Wuhan, China has moved quickly to develop a vaccine and is involved in several of the dozen or so international clinical trials currently under way.

04:22 – Brazil claimed the unenviable position of having the second-highest coronavirus death toll worldwide behind the United States, where several states have posted record daily case totals, signaling the crisis is far from over.

03:08 – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 348 to 186,022, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The reported death toll rose by 18 to 8,781 the tally showed.

This article was first published in Arab News

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