Sakunda, Chinese donate  towards Covid-19 fight  

©️  IN A  major boost to its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), government has received a consignment of medical supplies sourced through a collaboration of Chinese and local businesspeople.
The consignment, which arrived from China yesterday and was sourced by a local firm Sakunda Holdings and some Chinese, includes ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and medical equipment among other necessities.
While there was no official comment from government as permanent secretary in the ministry of Information Nick Mangwana was not taking calls, Chinese deputy ambassador Zhao Baogang confirmed the consignment on social media.
“Medical supplies arrived today Harare from China. Some purchased by Zim Govern others donated by Chinese company…,” he said on his official Twitter account.
To date, China has provided various forms of assistance towards the fight against the pandemic, including renovating Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital, the country’s main referral centre for Covid-19 patients.
Chinese businessman Jack Ma also donated 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100 000 medical face masks, 1 000 protective suits and face shields to Zimbabwe.
The donation is part of a larger consignment donated to all African countries by the Jack Ma Foundation.
The latest donation comes as Zimbabwe has extended its Covid-19 lockdown by another 14 days to May 3.
The announcement was made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday just before the expiry of the 21-day lockdown that began on March 30 as the country joined the world in its effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.
During the lockdown, the government has allowed only workers in essential services to continue going to work while observing precautionary and sanitation measures.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Zimbabwe has risen to 25, including three deaths and two recoveries, after a case was recorded in Harare on Saturday.


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