Coronavirus: UAE sends 48 tonnes of food aid to Indonesia

The assistance will go towards supporting families hit by the Covid-19 pandemic

Healthcare workers take a swab sample from a vendor at a traditional market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia May 16, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Asprilla Dwi Adha via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.

The UAE has sent an aircraft carrying 48 tonnes of vital food aid to Indonesia.

It will go towards supporting families hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, state news agency Wam said on Monday.

The assistance follows a previous flight sent by the UAE last year to help the country battle coronavirus.

Indonesia has had one of the severest coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with about 1.7 million cases and more than 46,000 deaths.

Abdullah Al Dhaheri, UAE ambassador to Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said the gesture underlined the warm relationship between the countries.

"The UAE and Indonesia are linked by solid ties, which are reflected in the continued exchanges and bilateral visits by the leaders of our two countries," Mr Al Dhaheri said.

"In April 2020, the UAE sent a plane containing 20 tonnes of medical supplies to Indonesia to support the country in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, benefiting 20,000 frontline healthcare workers."

The UAE has provided aid to more than 135 countries since the pandemic began last year.

Kenya, Syria and Guinea are among other countries to benefit.

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