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Ministry to donate 300,000 protective masks and suits to China

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General Tea Banh, right, with China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe during a visit to a military exhibition in Phnom Penh in 2018. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Defence Minister General Tea Banh said yesterday the ministry will donate 300,000 surgical masks and protective suits to China’s Defence Ministry amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Presiding over the inauguration of a new building for the Defence University, Gen Banh said the items will help the Chinese government and people deal with the outbreak.

He said the aid will be given through the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia.

“We see the difficult time our Chinese friends are facing and we [Ministry of Defence] want to help them,” Gen Banh said. “Even though it is not much, it is from our hearts.”

According to media report, there are 508 new COVID-19 cases and 71 new deaths in China and the outbreak has spread to other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Europe, infecting more than 80,000 globally.

The update brings mainland China’s total number of cases to 77,658 and 2,663 deaths.

Last week, China and Asean Foreign Ministers held a special meeting in Laos over the outbreak of COVID-19. According to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry, Cambodia will continue standing firmly with the government and people of China in the fight against the coronavirus. In collaboration with fellow Asean member states they will further enhance coordination and cooperation with China to prevent, contain and eventually eliminate this epidemic.

Chea Vanna, a Defence Ministry Cabinet member, said yesterday the masks have been bought from India and will arrive in Cambodia next week.

“We will provide details about the prices of the aid later but we plan to give the items to the Chinese Embassy in early March after the consignment arrives from India,” he said.


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