Egypt sends $4m covid-19 aid to 30 African countries
London, Sep. 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Egypt on Sunday sent the first batch of medical aid to help African countries as part of its contribution to the coronavirus response fund launched by the African Union, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced on Sunday.
According to the foreign ministry’s statement, Egypt is going to send $4 million in medical supplies to 30 African countries starting with the first batch of aid sent to 10 countries.
Each African country will receive a ton-and-a-half of medical supplies.
The foreign ministry said that it organised the aid in coordination with other Egyptian ministries and authorities including the civil aviation ministry and finance ministry.
The second batch of aid is being prepared to be sent to 20 countries soon, the statement said
As of September 6, there are 1,291,724 confirmed infections and 1,031,453 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 31,056, with deaths including the former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many African countries could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe outbreak of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus