Thousands of test kits, masks from China arrive in PH to aid COVID-19 fight

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2020 09:21 AM

MANILA - China's donation of thousands of surgical masks, personal protective equipment and test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) arrived in Manila early Saturday, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said.

The aid package includes 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment, it said in a tweet.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian welcomed the arrival of the donation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, along with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

The Chinese donation came just as the Philippine government sought to boost its supply of test kits, masks and protective equipment amid increasing cases of COVID-19, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

The Philippines as of Friday confirmed 230 cases of the respiratory disease, including 18 deaths and 8 recoveries.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed Luzon under lockdown from Tuesday midnight until April 12 to arrest the coronavirus spread, limiting the movement of people.

He has also placed the entire Philippines under a state of calamity to give the national and local governments access to critical quick response funds.