COVID-19: 600 Pakistani Health Workers To Assist Kuwait Combat Coronavirus


COVID-19: 600 Pakistani Health Workers To Assist Kuwait Combat Coronavirus

Pakistan will send 600 health workers to Kuwait upon the request of the Gulf state to combat coronavirus, Advisor to Prime Minister, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, said on Thursday.

The health workers include doctors and nurses. He said this initiative would boost bilateral ties between both the countries.

Bukhari said four special flights would be operated in two weeks to bring back 5,500 stranded Pakistanis in Kuwait.

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Pakistan has improved its repatriation capacity and at the moment “is capable of bringing back some 12,000 Pakistanis every week.”

Bukhari further said, he would soon contact with the labour authorities in Kuwait to ensure free extension in visas of Pakistanis.

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The Pakistan government announced last week that it would begin a phased lifting of the lockdown due to its effect on the economy and the workforce.

Pakistan’s total number of coronavirus cases reached 35,788 after 1,452 new infections were reported, while the death toll rose to 770 with 33 fresh fatalities, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Globally coronavirus has killed around 300,000 people, with total infections surpassing 4.35 million, while more than 1.55 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.