By Sam Bridge
Deployment comes as Iran announced that novel coronavirus has killed 12 more people in the Islamic republic, raising the country's overall death toll to 66
The UAE said on Monday it has facilitated a mission by the World Health Organisation to deliver medical supplies and equipment to Iran in a bid to help contain the new coronavirus.
The UAE Air Force deployed an aircraft that carried 7.5 tonnes of cargo from Dubai to Iran on Monday afternoon, state news agency WAM reported.
The deployment comes as Iran announced that novel coronavirus has killed 12 more people in the Islamic republic, raising the country's overall death toll to 66.
The number of confirmed cases has leapt by 523 from the previous day, to a total of 1,501.
Dubai's International Humanitarian City facilitated the packing and loading of the shipment containing hundreds of thousands of gloves, surgical masks, and other basic medical supplies, that could assist some 15,000 healthcare workers taking care of coronavirus patients in Iran.
The laboratory diagnostic kits in the cargo will help screen thousands of people, further supporting the efforts to control the pandemic.
"The UAE’s geographical location gives us easy access to more than 100 countries that cover two thirds of the global population. We use this privilege to support people who are affected by any crises. This mission is part of our efforts to support coronavirus patients," said Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).
"We will continue to extend our support to the people in distress in collaboration with the international community," he said while overseeing the loading of cargo on to the aircraft at Al Maktoum International Airport.