Dhaka, Bangladesh
Consignments of testing kits, PPE arrive from China today

Consignments of testing kits, PPE arrive from China today

News Report: As a token of friendly gesture, the Chinese government today (Thursday) will hand over medical supplies, including test kits, personal protection equipment (PPE), and other materials, to Bangladesh to battle COVID-19, a threat to human beings. Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Li Jiming will hand over the medical supplies to Bangladesh representatives in the morning at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today (Thursday). Medical supplies including 10 thousand Covid-19 test kits, 10 thousand PPE and 1,000 infrared thermometers will arrive in Dhaka from Consignments of testing kits, PPE arrive From Page 16 Col. 4 Kunming on March 26 by a Chinese special aircraft, the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said in an announcement on Tuesday. It would be the second batch of the Chinese supplies, a Chinese embassy official said, adding that about 500 COVID-19 test kits were delivered on an urgent basis to the Bangladesh government recently. A part of medical supply for Bangladesh promised by the Jack Ma Foundation is expected to reach Dhaka next week, government officials said. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said 15,000 medical masks were also in the process of reaching Dhaka next week. Local businesspeople were also in the process of importing medical supplies from abroad and the government would facilitate the imports to be made at the earliest, he said in a video message. The Bangladesh government was also in touch with the governments in the US, the European Union member countries and the G-77 countries for receiving exports made available from Bangladesh under previous buying orders, he said. The government was also in touch with respective foreign governments to support Bangladesh workers in the COVID-19 situation to maintain remittance from abroad, the minister said. All Bangladesh mission chiefs abroad were asked to work in these regard, he added. Five persons died of COVID-19 and a total of 39 people tested positive in the country, Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research said in an online briefing in Dhaka on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said China, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged, has assured Bangladesh of extending all kinds of assistance in fight against Covid-19. "China has assured Bangladesh of extending all kinds of assistance to tackle the coronavirus," he said while talking to reporters at his Baridhara residence after an emergency meeting with Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming. The minister also said Bangladesh helped China when they were struggling to deal with the coronavirus situation. "Now, China wants to stand beside us by sending physicians, nurses and medical equipment. The nation will ever remember with gratitude such friendly attitude of China," he added. Health Services Division Secretary Asadul Islam and Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad were, among others, present at the meeting. The number of globally confirmed coronavirus cases rose to more than 300,000 on Sunday. So far, the virus has claimed 13,068 lives -- a mortality rate of 12 percent, according to Worldometer. On Thursday, sources in the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said the supply would include 10,000 test kits, 10,000 PPE, and 1000 infrared thermometers. The supply would arrive in Dhaka from Kunming, China, through a special aircraft of the Chinese government on March 26, the sources added. Yan Hualong, minister counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Dhaka, said on Tuesday: "This is the second batch of our supplies to Bangladesh. Earlier, we gave 500 test kits to Bangladesh." He also said that the Chinese government intends to send more materials to Bangladesh in the coming days. "We've strong commitment to helping our friends in this situation. We want to build a community of shared future. So, we have to work together," he added. In its first batch of supplies provided to Bangladesh, China had sent 500 most advanced medical kits to detect the coronavirus infection. On March 17, the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said in a statement: "China has decided to donate emergency anti-epidemic medical supplies, including a large number of test kits, to Bangladesh. In curbing the epidemic, China has always been and will be the most reliable partner of Bangladesh." The second batch of supplies arrives in Dhaka today (Thursday) at a time when Bangladesh needs such materials to stem transmission of the deadly virus. Earlier, the Bangladesh government sent some medical equipment, including masks, to China during the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhai City of Hubei province. Yan Hualong said: "The virus is a common enemy of all. We have to fight against it unitedly. We're with Bangladesh at this hour of need.

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