China to donate 100,000 test kits as COVID-19 cases rise
As confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths rise, China will donate 100,000 test kits to the Philippines
MANILA – Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian told the Philippine government of the latest Chinese government’s decision to send medical supplies to aid its campaign against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Department of Health in its statement released shortly after midday disclosed 15 new COVID-19 cases have confirmed (PH188-PH202) bring the total number of cases in the Philippines to 202.
The death toll has reached 17 while seven earlier afflicted with the virus recovered.
The fatalities were four males and one female, two of whom had history of travel to Malaysia and London.
In a statement released today, Ambassador Huang said the assistance includes 100,000 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N91 masks and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs).
The Chinese Embassy has coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure a speedy transfer of donations to facilitate the use to fight the epidemic and benefit the Filipino people at the soonest time.
Ambassador Huang reaffirms that the Philippines continues to stand close to China due to the centuries-long relationship.
“The Chinese people stands ready to help their Philippine brothers and sisters go through this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao and Chinese business magnate Jack Ma talked on the phone yesterday. A source from Senator Pacquiao’s office said Jack Ma Foundation committed to donate 50,000 COVID-19 test kits through the lawmaker’s Foundation. No information has been released when the donations would come. (Melo M. Acuña)