Coronavirus: Medical supplies from UAE to be flown to health workers
The first batch of medical supplies will leave WHO-EMRO's regional in Dubai for Philippines.
The World Health Organization will provide infection prevention and control medical supplies for health workers in priority countries amid the coronavirus outbreak, its regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO-EMRO ) has said.
The emergency medical supplies include gloves, masks, gowns, and sanitizers to support response efforts for up to 6,000 health workers, WHO-EMRO said in a tweet.
The emergency infection prevention and control medical supplies include gloves, masks, gowns, and sanitizer to support response efforts for up to 6000 #healthworkers. The first flight will take off from #Dubai on 4 February to the Philippines. #2019nCoV pic.twitter.com/NbVn74Ybun- WHO EMRO (@WHOEMRO) February 3, 2020
The first batch of medical supplies will leave WHO-EMRO's regional hub in Dubai for Philippines on Tuesday, it added.
It also said that an additional seven million examination gloves, five million surgical masks and one million gowns to support the health response to 2019- nCoV and protect health workers as they identify, diagnose and treat patients.
The WHO has declared the flu-like virus a global emergency, although experts say much is still unknown about the pathogen including its lethality.
The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday.
The new figures come after the country opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in hopes of containing the rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.
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