Indonesia and Egypt donate coronavirus prevention supplies to China

World Faizah Kamal 05-Feb-2020
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As many as 21 countries had donated prevention and control supplies to China to help in its fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on February 5.

“As far as I know, as of noon February 5, the governments of 21 countries, namely, the ROK (Republic of Korea), Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Hungary, Belarus, Turkey, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and UNICEF, have donated epidemic prevention and control supplies to China,” she said during her online briefing.

Chunying said that some other governments had also expressed willingness to donate supplies. “In addition, friends in many countries have also offered us support in various means,” she added.

Pakistan had so far allocated 300,000 medical masks, 800 hazmat suits and 6,800 pairs of gloves from the stocks of public hospitals around the nation and transported them to China.

Chunying said the donations spoke volumes of compassion of the friendly countries, saying “A friend in need is a friend indeed. I’d like to thank them all.”

Responding to a question about China’s ongoing battle against the virus, she said that since the onset of the outbreak, the Chinese government had put people’s health as the top priority by taking the most comprehensive and strict prevention and control measures. She said many of these measures far exceeded IHR requirements.

“It has been lauded by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros as setting a new standard for outbreak response,” Chunying added.

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