Liverpool's Salah donates COVID supply to hometown

Liverpool soccer striker Mohamed Salah has donated oxygen tanks and an ambulance to his home village in the Egyptian region of Gharbia.

Hoping to help locals in the COVID fight as the country battles a second wave of infections.

This is Hassan Bakr, the head of the charity founded by the soccer player:

"We also have oxygen cylinders donated by Salah. We have 14 Oxygen cylinders inside the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation. These help people in the village of Nagrig, as well as those from surrounding villages. I deliver the cylinder to patients' homes filled with oxygen, and take it back when it's empty. We also have an ambulance unit built by Mohamed Salah, which has been operating since July 2020, inaugurated by the Gharbia governorate mayor. This also helped us during the coronavirus, when transporting patients to the quarantine hospitals."

The 28-year-old soccer player tested positive for the virus last November.

Salah maintains deep connections with the small, poor village where he grew up, about 80 miles north of Cairo.

He donates around $64,000 each year to the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation, according to the group.

Egypt's government has confirmed over 150,000 infections since the start of the pandemic.

However, health officials say the real number is likely far higher because of the relatively low rate of coronavirus testing and the exclusion of private test results.

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- Liverpool soccer striker Mohamed Salah has donated oxygen tanks and an ambulance to his home village in the Egyptian region of Gharbia-- hoping to help locals in the COVID fight as the country battles a second wave of infections. This is Hassan Bakr, the head of the charity founded by the soccer player.

SPEAKING THROUGH INTERPRETER: We also have oxygen cylinders donated by Salah. We have 14 oxygen cylinders inside the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation. These help people in the village of Nagrig, as well as those from surrounding villages.

I deliver the cylinders to patients' homes filled with oxygen, and take them back when they're empty. We also have an ambulance unit built by Mohamed Salah, which has been operating since July 2020, inaugurated by the Gharbia mayor. This also helped us during the coronavirus when transporting patients to the quarantine hospital.

- The 28-year-old soccer player tested positive for the virus last November. Salah maintains deep connections with the small, poor village where he grew up, about 80 miles North of Cairo. He donates around $64,000 each year to the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation, according to the group.

Egypt's government has confirmed over 150,000 infections since the start of the pandemic. However, health officials say the real number is likely far higher because of the relatively low rate of coronavirus testing and the exclusion of private test results.