Another batch of doctors and nurses left the southern Indian port city of Kochi for the UAE on Wednesday to join the ongoing battle against the new coronavirus.
The row came as Italy prepared the next stage of its gradual easing of a national lockdown imposed three months ago to fight the spread of the deadly virus.
"I had earlier warned cases of COVID-19 might exceed 1.2 million by the end of July. However, as a result of precautionary measures followed by people and the administration, the tally of cases may be less than 400,000,” Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said at a presser.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was joined by Annemarie Plas, who founded the #ClapforCarers initiative that lasted for 10 weeks following the imposition of the national lockdown on March 23, during Sunday's round of applause.
In a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, patients and doctors are seen making strange movements with their arms and legs, in slow motion of course. They are practising the martial arts therapy of Tai Chi.
"Unfortunately, by virtue of tradition, we started seeing an increase in the number of cases. I ask all our residents and citizens, especially during the Eid period and for the remainder of Ramadan, to protect themselves and protect our families and our children."
Spurred on by fears of contagion inwards and waiting rooms, many health practitioners are replacing the face-to-face meetings that have always underpinned general practice, with patient consultations by telephone and online video apps.
"I was seeing my end," Antoine Sassine said from his room at Brussels' Delta Chirec hospital, where he used to work. "I thought I was going to die and would never wake up."
Dr Al Naqabi said, “I did not expect the joy of the patients with simple congratulations. I saw tears in eyes of some of them, who were happend to see a few words, while some prayed for the UAE for the attention and care they enjoy in this pandemic.”