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Turkey sends medical supplies to Italy, Spain in solidarity over coronavirus outbreak

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Turkey on Wednesday sent health supplies including masks to Italy and Spain, the two European countries worst hit by the novel coronavirus, the defense ministry said, AFP reported.

“Health supplies prepared to fight COVID-19 together, and with the hopes of seeing brighter days were sent en route to Spain and Italy” by a military plane, the ministry tweeted in English.

An accompanying video clip showed a Turkish military A-400M cargo plane preparing to take off.

The defense ministry posted the same message in Turkish, Spanish and Italian.

The supplies included masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids, produced in the defense ministry’s factories and sewing facilities.

Local resources were being sent upon the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the ministry statement.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 30,000 people in Europe, more than three-quarters of the deaths registered in Italy and Spain, according to an AFP tally at 0700 GMT Wednesday using official figures.

The most deaths were recorded in Italy, with 12,428 fatalities, followed by Spain with 8,189 and France with 3,523.

Turkey has so far recorded 214 deaths and 13,531 confirmed cases.

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