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Japan to send COVID-19 medical supplies to Kingdom

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Boys wear masks while riding their bicycles. Japan will provide more masks for the Kingdom. KT/ Siv Channa

The Japanese government has announced plans  to provide medical supplies to Cambodia to fight against the deadly COVID-19, which is currently spreading in several countries around the world.

According to a statement from the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia on Saturday, the medical supplies that the Japanese government will provide includes 9,360 isolation gowns, 480 alcohol hand rubs, 540 safety goggles and 24,400 sets of gloves.

The supplies are part of the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) personal protective stockpile and financed by Japan’s contribution, as an in-kind contribution from Japan.

The aid package will be transferred to Cambodia from the warehouse in Singapore in coordination with the WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO).

“Enhanced international cooperation is indispensable for the prevention of further spread of Novel Coronavirus infection. Japan would like to strengthen cooperation with Cambodia,” the statement noted.

However, the statement did not elaborate the specific date on when the supplies will arrive in the Kingdom.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine and Director General of the General Department of Administration and Finance Yok Sambath, couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday.

Va Vathanea, a vendor in Phnom Penh’s Kandal market, said yesterday the issue of the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China’s Wuhan city and has since spread to other countries, is becoming a common concern for people, including her. She is therefore grateful for Japan’s gesture.

“As a Cambodian citizen, I would like to thank Japan. [The nation] has always assisted our government as well as the Cambodian people, including the health sector and other infrastructure,” she said.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, in a report published yesterday, the China Health Commission stated that the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the nation has risen to more than 68,000, with a death toll of over 1,600.


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