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The donation arrived in the country in an aircraft of the official UAE airline Etihad Airways with a cargo of 60 platforms
with personal protection supplies, medical supplies and other medical equipment.
  - Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo -

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020

United Arab Emirates donates
18 tons of medical supplies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday, a plane from the United Arab Emirates, UAE, arrived at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela Province with a donation cargo of 18 tons of medical supplies to Costa Rican government.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the donation includes basic personal protection supplies and medical equipment sent by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to be distributed among health workers on the front line of the fight against covid -19.

The donation arrived in the country in an aircraft of the official UAE airline Etihad Airways with a cargo of 60 platforms with personal protection supplies, medical supplies and other medical equipment, the ministry said.

This is the second shipment of medical equipment donated by the United Arab Emirates since the pandemic began.

In July, the first flight of Etihad Airways arrived with a load of supplies and medical equipment valued at $1 million.

Because this was the first flight to arrive in Costa Rica from Abu Dhabi, it was received by President Carlos Alvarado along with other authorities, said the ministry.

The Boeing 787-9 of Etihad Airways, the official airline of the United Arab Emirates, carried more than 8.5 tons of medical humanitarian aid, distributed on 15 loading platforms and a total of 1,200 boxes. The donation includes 25 thousand virus detection tests, gloves and face masks.

In addition to transporting cargo, six Costa Ricans returned on the flight. Among them were two children and two crew members who work as flight attendants for Etihad Airways.

Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations in 2010.

This donation is of great importance for health workers caring for patients with covid-19.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported the following updated statistics of the virus contagion in the country:

1,015 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 35,444 active cases.

15,245 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 90,238 cases since March, approximately 16.8% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients.

• 582 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 201 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old baby to an 87-year-old person). And 381 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 53,670 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 59.5% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 158,271 people have been ruled out.

• 264,549 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

1,124 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.2% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 419 women and 705 men. The ages range from 18 to a 100-year-old person.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

As of Tuesday night, the pandemic has  killed  1,085,396 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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