Cuban doctors, protecting themselves from the rain with plastic bags, pass by images of Cuban late President Fidel Castro and late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara after a farewell ceremony before departing to Kuwait to assist, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Havana, Cuba June 4, 2020. Image Credit: REUTERS

Abu Dhabi: Kuwait has recruited 300 Cuban doctors and nurses to be deployed to deal with COVID-19 infections, a senior official said.

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Mutairi, assistant undersecretary for technical affairs at the Ministry of Health, said the Cuban doctors and nurses will be working in intensive care wards to deal with the cases of the novel coronavirus.

He added that the Cuban team had visited many countries, and in light of this Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding in the health field to benefit from their experiences, explaining that the team’s visit will last for six months.

The Cuban Ambassador to Kuwait, Hoseluez Norwega, expressed his happiness at receiving 300 Cuban doctors and nurses, who will help “friends and brothers in Kuwait” to fight the coronavirus, explaining that this indicates the strength of relations between the two countries.

He added he felt proud this large Cuban medical team joins Kuwait’s front lines to fight the strain.

On Friday, Kuwait has confirmed 723 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to 30,664.

The Health Ministry also announced eight more deaths from COVID-19, raising the total such fatalities in the country to 244.

There are 197 patients receiving intensive care treatment, the official added.

The number of COVID-19 tests conducted so far in Kuwait has totalled 308,900.