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Spain announces arrival of ventilators from Turkey

Foreign ministry says unloading already began in Madrid

Beyza Binnur Donmez   | 08.04.2020
 Spain announces arrival of ventilators from Turkey


Spain confirmed Wednesday the arrival of ventilators from Turkey.

"Respirators from Turkey are already in Spain. Unloading at the Barajas Airport," the Foreign Ministry said on Twitter while it shared images of a Turkish flagged plane with cargo.

Earlier in the day, the ministry also announced "150 ventilators from Turkey are already on the way, arriving tonight in Spain and to be delivered, as planned, to their final destinations, Castilla y La Mancha and Navarra" autonomous regions.

On Friday, speculations rocked Spanish media claiming Turkey "seized and blocked" medical cargo, including 150 respirators purchased by Spain amid COVID-19, intended for Spanish citizens.

Although the claims denied by the Spanish Ministry with an early Saturday statement, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya and her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu rejected all claims later on Saturday in separate televised speeches, confirming the authorization of the medical supply.

The €3 million ($3.3 million) in medical aid purchased by Castilla y La Mancha and Navarra from a Turkish company was delayed due to restrictions on exports of medical supplies in Turkey that wanted all equipment to combat coronavirus inside the country.

After originating in China last December, the virus known as COVID- has spread to at least 184 countries and regions across the world, with its epicenter shifting to Europe.

The pandemic has killed nearly 87,000, and infected more than 1.47 million, while greater than 317,300 patients have recovered, according to figures collated by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, in Spain, more than 14,600 deaths, and almost 147,000 cases have been recorded, while an excess of 48,000 patients recovered c. The country stands second in world for having the highest number of coronavirus-related cases and fatalities.

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