TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan on Friday received medical supplies sent by Turkey to contribute to the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

“Medical supplies prepared at the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for use against the COVID-19 outbreak have arrived in Uzbekistan,” the ministry said on Twitter.

“Uzbekistan Vice Minister of Health Shakhrukh Sharakhmetov, our Tashkent Military Attache Col. Mustafa Baloglu, and Second Secretary of the Tashkent Embassy Furkan Yilmaz welcomed our aircraft, which delivered medical supplies,” the ministry added.

Turkey has sent medical aid to around 140 countries to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Since it originated in China last December, over 17.3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll at nearly 674,000, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows more than half of all patients worldwide have recovered so far.

*Writing by Handan Kazanci

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