Poland donates disinfectants to Iraq to help in COVID-19 fight - NATO

The disinfectants were delivered on Sunday. Artur Reszko/PAP

Polish authorities have donated 1,000 litres of disinfectants to Iraq for use in the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic, NATO has announced. Earlier, Poland had also sent 50,000 protective masks to Iraq.

The disinfectants were delivered on Sunday.

The effort was coordinated by the Polish contingent in NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). The transfer ceremony took place at an Iraqi military base in At-Taji. According to NATO, the event was attended by senior Iraqi civilian and military officials, and personnel from the NATO mission in Iraq and the combined joint task force from the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve.

Since the beginning of the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in Iraq, more than 60,400 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed and 2,473 people have died.

Iraq had requested assistance through the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO's main mechanism for civilian emergency response. The centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and coordinates applications and offers of aid.