Chinese medical supplies to arrive March 26

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:18, Mar 25,2020 | Updated: 00:26, Mar 25,2020


The Chinese government would deliver medical supplies to Bangladesh on Thursday as part of its support for containing COVID-19, now a global pandemic. 

Medical supplies including 10 thousand Covid-19 test kits, 10 thousand PPE and 1,000 infrared thermometers will arrive in Dhaka from 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.

Four people 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.

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