China donates 150,000 COVID-19 test kits


Posted at May 10 2020 12:42 PM

MANILA - China has donated another set of COVID-19 testing kits and protective equipment to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.

The first batch of the 150,000 test kits and 18,000 disposable overalls arrived Saturday, while the rest are expected to arrive Sunday night via a chartered flight, the DFA said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. received the donations from Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian in a ceremony, according to the agency.

China has earlier donated thousands of test kits and medical gear to Manila and has also sent a team of medical experts, some of whom had frontline experience in Wuhan City, where the virus originated.

The DFA earlier said Beijing's donations for Manila's pandemic fight were not related to its claims in the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines has logged 10,610 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Saturday, of which, 1,842 have recovered and 704 have died.