Egypt sends Italy medical aid amid COVID-19 spread
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed arrived in Italy on Saturday accompanied by an Egyptian military delegation to deliver the medical aid transported by two C-295M jets.
The minister was received by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, who expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s assistance and solidarity with his state and people.
The statement on the packages read in Arabic and Italian, "From the Egyptian people to the Italian people."
The visit follows a phone call between President Sisi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday as the former extended condolences over COVID-19 victims, and expressed support to Italy in the face of the pandemic.
Italy has recorded more than 115,000 infected cases of coronavirus and 13,915 deaths. Meanwhile, the global cases infected with the virus reached more than one million people and 55,195 deaths were reported so far.
In February, Minister Zayed visited China bringing 10 tons of protective medical equipment.
CAIRO - 2 February 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Health has announced that Egypt will provide China with 10 tons of preventive medical items and equipment to offer assistance in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. With the death toll surging past 300 and 14,300 confirmed cases spreading all over China, local authorities across the country have activated the highest public health emergency response.