The footballer, who tested positive for COVID in November, has strong ties with the village where he grew up.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has donated oxygen and an ambulance to his home village in the Gharbia region of Egypt to help locals treat people with COVID-19 as the country battles a second wave of infections.

Salah has close ties to the small, poor village he grew up in, about 130 km north of the capital, Cairo, and donates around $ 64,000 to the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation every year.

The 28-year-old himself tested positive for the corona virus last November.

“We have 14 oxygen bottles in the Mohamed Salah Charity Foundation. These help the people in the village of Nagrig [Salah’s hometown]as well as those from the surrounding villages, ”said Hassan Bakr, head of the charity.

Bakr delivers oxygen bottles directly to patients’ homes.

“We also have a Mohamed Salah ambulance unit that has been in operation since July 2020. This also helped us transport patients to isolation hospitals during the coronavirus.”

The Egyptian government has confirmed 150,753 infections and 8,249 deaths since the pandemic began more than 10 months ago.

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

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