BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Brunei's Ministry of Religious Affairs received medical material donations from the Chinese embassy in Brunei on Tuesday for the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
The medical materials included disposable masks for both adults and children, and hand sanitizer.
Yu Hong, Chinese ambassador to Brunei, and Haji Awang Badaruddin, Brunei's Minister of Religious Affairs, attended the handover ceremony, as both sides exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in containing and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Haji Awang Badaruddin praised the epidemic prevention and control efforts made by the Chinese government.
He expressed his gratitude to the Chinese embassy for the medical donations and hoped to continue promoting exchanges and cooperation between Brunei and China in more fields.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China and Brunei have helped each other and responded together, achieving positive results and deepening the friendship and strategic partnership, Yu said.
China appreciates the assistance and support provided by the Brunei side during the most difficult time for China and China firmly supports Brunei to prevent and control the epidemic, said Yu.
After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Brunei, the Chinese central government, the Chinese military, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government and Nanjing municipal government have all donated anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to Brunei.
The Chinese embassy has also contributed to the Brunei COVID-19 Relief Fund. More than 12 Chinese companies and China-Brunei joint ventures including Zhejiang Hengyi Group, Bank of China Brunei Branch donated medical supplies and funds to Brunei with a value of over 1.3 million U.S. dollars.
Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with the national tally of cases standing at 142.
According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more recoveries were recorded on Tuesday, maintaining the total number of recovered cases at 138. There is one active case being treated at the National Isolation Center, who was recorded on August 7.
There have been three deaths from COVID-19 in Brunei.