Reuters: Russian army to send coronavirus help to Italy after Putin phone call

12:15, 22 March 2020
World
1061 0
Putin has offered his support to Italy / REUTERS

Putin spoke to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday, the Kremlin said, saying the Russian leader had offered his support and help in the form of mobile disinfection vehicles and specialists to help the worst hit Italian regions, Reuters reported.

Read alsoItaly overtakes China's coronavirus death toll – media

Italy recorded a jump in deaths from coronavirus of almost 800 on Saturday, taking the toll in the world’s hardest-hit country to almost 5,000.

The Russian Defense Ministry said military transport planes would deliver eight mobile brigades of military medics, special disinfection vehicles, and other medical equipment to Italy starting from Sunday.

Russia itself has reported 306 cases of the virus, most of them in Moscow, and one coronavirus-related death.

If you see a spelling error on our site, select it and press Ctrl+Enter