Philippines receives first batch of COVID-19 aid from Jack Ma foundations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2020 05:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 27 2020 05:27 PM

MANILA - The first batch of medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma arrived in the Philippines Friday to support the country's fight against COVID-19, his foundations said in a joint statement.

The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will receive a combined total of 2 million face masks, test kits for 150,000 people, 20,000 protective suits and 20,000 face shields, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation said in a joint statement.

"We hope the donations will help the Philippines to protect against COVID-19. We are doing all that we can to help the global fight, racing against time and overcoming logistical challenges to deliver essential medical supplies,” said the Jack Ma Foundation.

The second batch of medical supplies is expected to arrive next week, it said.

The Chinese billionaire earlier pledged to donate 500,000 face masks and 50,000 COVID-19 testing kits.

Several hospitals in the country have asked for donations for personal protective equipment and medical supplies as the number of COVID-19 patients continue to rise.

At least 803 confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded as of 4 p.m. of March 27, according to official data from the Department of Health.