China is sending 100,000 novel coronavirus test kits and other essential medical supplies to the Philippines to assist the country “in fighting the epidemic,” according to Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
“China will send 100,000 testing kits; 10,000 N95 masks; PPEs 10,000 ; surgical masks 100,000,” Locsin said in a tweet posted on Wednesday.
The announcement came after Locsin spoke with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The Chinese Embassy in Manila said that the they have been “closely coordinating with the Department of Health to ensure a speedy receiving of the aforesaid donations so as to contribute to the Philippine Government’s efforts in fighting the epidemic and benefit the Filipinos as soon as possible.”
The numbers: The Philippines currently has 202 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus including 17 deaths.
by Isaac Yee