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More Chinese medical supplies arrive today

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 26 March, 2020 12:00 AM
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More Chinese medical supplies arrive today

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Amid a coronavirus crisis, another batch of Chinese medical supplies will arrive in Dhaka today as part of China’s efforts to help Bangladesh fight the deadly disease.

A chartered flight carrying tons of medical supplies will land in the evening in the capital of Bangladesh where five people have died of the pandemic disease so far.

“The second batch of Chinese medical supplies, including 10,000 test kits, 10,000 PPE and 1,000 thermometers, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Thursday),” says a facebook post of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka. Sources in the embassy said the third batch of Chinese medical supplies, including 30,000 kits and other essential stuffs, are also being loaded into another cargo flight.

The cargo flight is expected to arrive in Dhaka in a couple of days, they added.

“Thirty thousands more kits are on the way, hopefully by March 28,” said Yan Hualong, deputy chief of the Chinese Embassy.

He also said Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming had talks with Bangladesh Ambassador in Beijing Mahbub Uz on Tuesday when they discuss the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh as well as Chinese medical supplies.

On arrival of the second batch of medical supplies, official sources said the Chinese ambassador will receive it and hand over those to Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at a simple ceremony at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday evening.

Earlier, the first batch of Chinese medical supplies arrived in Dhaka on February 25. The Chinese Embassy handed over 500 Covid-19 test kits to the Bangladesh authorities.

“We are very glad the first batch of 500 test kits which arrived by Feb 25 played a due role in early test, early identification and early action,” Hualong Yan.