China to donate 100,000 more Covid-19 test kits to Philippines

A worker produces test kits for Covid-19 in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 9, 2020. - AFP

MANILA (Xinhua): China has decided to donate 100,000 more test kits and other urgently-needed medical supplies to the Philippines to help the southeast Asian country fight Covid-19 spread.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said Wednesday (March 18) the assistance includes another 100,000 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks, and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment.

China donated 2,000 test kits to the Philippines on Monday.

"The Chinese people stand ready to help their Philippine brothers and sisters to go through this difficult time," Huang said in a statement.

"Thank you, my brother," Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin tweeted after he was informed of the new donations.

The Philippines now has 202 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 17 deaths. The department of health said that seven patients have recovered from the viral disease. - Xinhua

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