Coronavirus: UAE sends essential medical supplies to Pakistan

A cargo flight with supplies has touched down in Pakistan to boost the country's efforts to contain the spread of the virus

UAE has sent medical supplies to Pakistan to help the nation's fight against Covid-19. Courtesy: Hamad Alzaabi
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The UAE has delivered crucial medical supplies to Pakistan in support of the country’s fight against the coronavirus.

Hamad Alzaabi, the UAE ambassador in Pakistan, said the cargo flight had already touched down at the Islamabad International Airport.

As of Thursday, Pakistan had recorded 2,291 cases of Covid-19, with the death toll standing at 31. A total of 107 patients have recovered.

Mr Alzaabi thanked the UAE leadership for their humanitarian gesture.

China has also been sending bulks of medical supplies to Pakistan, particularly the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation.

On March 25, they sent a plane filled with 500,000 surgical masks and 50,000 N95 respirators to Karachi airport.

On Wednesday, another flight from China with relief supplies, worth $3 million, arrived in Islamabad.

Pakistan is the fifth most populous nation in the world, with nearly 221 million people.

Imran Khan, the country’s prime minister, has expressed the need for medical aid and funds to help the country's efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

He launched a Covid-19 relief fund and urged Pakistanis in the country and overseas to donate.

The Pakistani leader also launched the ‘Tiger Force’ volunteer programme, which will allow people aged 18 and above to work with the disaster management officials to contain the spread.