BELGRADE, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Serbian military health system on Thursday received a donation of medical devices from China for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release of the Serbian government.
The donation, worth around 755,000 euros (859,400 U.S. dollars), includes 40 non-invasive ventilators, 20 monitors for vital signs, 30 infusion pumps, five portable infrared thermometers and six thermal imaging helmets for remote body temperature reading, the release reads.
The handover took place with the presence of Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin and the Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.
Vulin said that the assistance arrived at the right moment, as the army needs these devices to build mobile and temporary hospitals, and added that it represents another confirmation of friendship between China and Serbia.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, China has been helping Serbia by sending medical professionals, donating lab equipment and building laboratories, as well as by providing tests, masks and other protective equipment.
"Serbia is now facing the great challenges of a new epidemic and, as steel friends, we are ready to continue fighting together with our Serbian friends," Chen said.
Serbia's Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that 383 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the past 24 hours, while 13 people died. Currently, 4,662 people are hospitalized across the country, while 177 on ventilators.
So far, Serbia has reported 19,717 confirmed cases, including 442 deaths.
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