Poland, EC aid Belarus to combat epidemic - EU source

Belarus is on the list of ten countries with the highest number of infected inhabitants per million. TATYANA ZENKOVICH/PAP/EPA

Poland, in cooperation with the European Commission, will aid Belarus in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic; a convoy of 44 trucks with protective gear is expected to set off from Poland on Thursday, Poland's Permanent Representation to the EU has said.

PAP was told that the transport with 300 tonnes of equipment on board will include, among others, protective masks, helmets, disinfectant liquids, medicines and dozens of ventilators. The value of the transferred funds will exceed EUR 11 million.

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarczicz tweeted on Thursday that at the request of Belarus for help through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Poland had responded by sending the necessary equipment. "EU solidarity goes beyond the EU borders," he added.

Belarus is on the list of ten countries with the highest number of infected inhabitants per million. Belarusian epidemiologists have previously predicted that the number of infections may fall in late May or early June.