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'Solidarity In Action': Military Aircraft Arrives In Spain With Medical Suits

A Spanish Air Force aircraft arrived in Madrid with 10,000 protective suits, donated by the Czech Republic in response to coronavirus.

The Czech Republic has delivered 10,000 protective medical suits to its NATO ally Spain, in an effort to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The Spanish Air Force C-130 cargo plane arrived landed at Madrid's Torrejón air base on Sunday, as the country continues to fight COVID-19.

Spain is currently one of Europe's worst suffering nations alongside Italy.

More than 6,500 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain have died, as total confirmed cases reach almost 80,000.

The number of deaths in Italy has risen to more than 10,000.

The Czech Republic, also members of the NATO military alliance, also donated 90 respirators to Spanish authorities.

It follows the alliance growing by one, North Macedonia became the 30th NATO nation over the weekend - its flag to be raised alongside the 29 others at the headquarters in Brussels today. 

Italy is also set to receive a delivery of 10,000 protective suits from the Czech Republic by truck, after joining Spain in requesting assistance through NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre.

"The Centre operates on a 24/7 basis, coordinating requests from NATO Allies and partners, as well as offers of assistance to cope with the consequences of major crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic," said a NATO Spokesperson.

"We are grateful to the Czech Republic for this generous bilateral aid to other NATO Allies," they aded.

"This is solidarity in action."

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