- Jack Ma's medical aid to fight the coronavirus has reached Africa as Ethiopia received its first shipment of supplies
- The billionaire promised to gift the continent protective gear and test kits, for distribution
- Ethiopia received 5.4 million face masks, more than 1 million testing kits, 40,000 items of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of face shields
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China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Jack Ma’s Foundation said in a statement Sunday, March 22, 2020 that it has delivered the first batch of protective and medical equipment to Ethiopia.
The coronavirus cases on the continent have risen to over 1,100 in the last couple of days.
The Chinese billionaire promised to donate face masks, testing kits and protective clothing for the fight against the deadly virus in Africa.
The first batch of the donation comprises 5.4 million face masks, more than 1 million testing kits, 40,000 items of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of face shields.
The statement further noted that the distribution of the supplies would begin across the continent on Monday, March 23.
The statement from the Jack Ma Foundation also stated that more supplies will be sent to Ethiopia in the coming weeks.
Countries on the continent which are very vulnerable to the coronavirus will be supplied first.
So far, the virus has spread more slowly in Africa than in Asia or Europe but has managed to have a foothold in 41 African nations and two territories.
So far, it has claimed 37 lives across the continent of 1.3 billion people.
Meanwhile, tests will only be conducted on persons suspected to be infected according to Africa CDC.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that as of March 22, 2020, a total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died.
Among the confirmed cases, seventeen (17) are of Ghanaian nationality and seven (7) other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, and UK.
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