Russian army to send coronavirus help to Italy after Putin phone call

Russian army to send coronavirus help to Italy after Putin phone call

Russian army to send coronavirus help to Italy after Putin phone call

The Russian military will start sending medical help to Italy from Sunday to help it to battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement. The Russian Defense Ministry said military transport planes would deliver eight mobile brigades of military medics, special disinfection vehicles, and other medical equipment to Italy starting from Sunday.

The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 169 countries and regions around the globe, while the tally of confirmed cases has topped 328,000, and the death toll over 14,000, according to data compiled by US -based Johns Hopkins University.

Italy has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the death toll from COVID-19 in Italy having surpassed the coronavirus death toll in China, where the first COVID-19 cases were registered in December.

The number of people who recovered has topped 95,000 globally.

Earlier, the ministry prepared nine transport planes on the Chkalovskiy base near Moscow, flying some of them overnight from other parts of Russian Federation, to airlift emergency aid to the coronavirus-stricken European nation.

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The region's President Attilio Fontana stated the new measures with 3,095 deaths in Lombardy. Construction work has also been stopped apart for the building of hospitals, roads and railways.

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