DUBAI: Countries around the world have been helping each other in tackling the coronavirus crisis by sending aid planes to COVID-19 hotspots.
Countries in the Middle East have also stood in solidarity with other nations, providing support to help them deal with the pandemic. The UAE has sent aid planes to multiple countries such as Pakistan and Colombia.
Thursday, April 9 (All times in GMT)
04:56 – The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany rose by 4,974 in the past 24 hours to 108,202.
03:48 – New Zealand will begin moving citizens to compulsory quarantine from Friday as they return from overseas, stepping up its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus halfway through a four-week nationwide lockdown.
03:48 – Migrant workers in Singapore are living in fear following a surge of coronavirus infections in their dormitories where they say cramped and filthy conditions make social distancing impossible.
Wednesday, April 8 (All times in GMT)
16:45 – The UAE Cabinet has agreed to offer paid leaves to some categories of employees at the federal government, state news agency WAM reported. The decision is part of the country’s efforts to control the coronavirus spread.
14:51 – A UAE plane carrying 10 metric tons of medical supplies was sent to Colombia to help the country take control over the coronavirus spread, state news agency WAM reported. This move will also benefit more than 10,000 healthcare employees in the country.
12:49 – A Kuwaiti army transport plane loaded with tons of medical supplies arrived back from China to help the government curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency KUNA reported, citing the Ministry of Defense.
08:42 – Kuwait’s coronavirus cases have reached 855 with death toll at one while Bahrain's cases reached 823 with deaths raised to five.
KHARTOUM: Sudanese authorities on Wednesday announced a rise in the price of bread in the capital Khartoum, nearly a year after the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir. A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against Bashir in December 2018 — demonstrations that went on for months until the army deposed the longtime ruler on April 11 last year. Wednesday’s change will mean that one Sudanese pound buys only a 50 gram loaf of bread, compared to 70 grams previously, according to Khartoum state governor Ahmed Abdoun. In mid-December 2018, the price of bread had been hiked from one pound for a 70 gram loaf to three Sudanese pounds in parts of the country, triggering the social unrest that turned into mass anti-Bashir demonstrations.
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