255 Indians Test Positive For COVID-19 In Iran, 12 In UAE

Publish On: 18 Mar, 2020 04:39 PM | Updated   |   Sj Desk  

On Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs said that at least 255 Indians have tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 in Iran. Other 12 people of Indian origin were found to test positive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

“Other than Iran, 12 Indians have also tested positive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), five in Italy and one each in Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Kuwait and Hong Kong,” V Muraleedharan, Minister of State in the MEA told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

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“Provided 15 tonnes of medical assistance including one lakh masks, one lakh surgical masks, five lakh pairs of surgical gloves, 75 pieces of infusion pumps, 30 pieces of enteral feeding pumps, 21 pieces of Defibrillator, 4, 000 pieces of N-95 masks to China.”

“These supplies were delivered by an Indian Air Force C-17 special flight which landed in Wuhan, China. This assistance was provided as a mark of friendship,” he added.

As of Wednesday, India reported a total of 152 confirmed cases of the novel virus, including 3 deaths-- 1 each in Karnataka, Delhi, and Maharashtra. 

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Coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected more than 1,80,000 worldwide. While the curve is flattening in Wuhan and life is going back to normal, Italy has become the new hotbed for the virus and the country is on complete lockdown.