China to Send Medical Experts in Support Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Response

ADDIS ABABA – China will send medical experts to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso as part of its effort to support African countries’ COVID-19 response, its foreign ministry announced today.

The experts will share experience, provide guidance and technical advice on epidemic prevention with medical and health institutions in the two countries, said the Ministry’s spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

As of Wednesday, Ethiopia has reported 85 cases of coronavirus and three deaths while Burkina Faso confirmed more than 500 cases including 30 deaths.

China has paid close attention to the situation in African countries and provided the African Union and African countries with diplomatic ties with anti-epidemic materials in batches, according to CGTN.

Several Chinese provinces and cities, enterprises and private institutions are actively supporting Africa’s fight against the pandemic including Jack Ma’s Alibaba Foundation.

Jack Ma sent millions of test kits, surgical masks and protective clothing to the continent in mid-March.

China is willing to strengthen cooperation with African countries to achieve the final win against the virus, Zhao told the press conference on Wednesday.

To date, more than 16, 200 coronavirus cases have been reported in Africa with the death toll reaching 874, according to the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

Workers disinfected Addis Ababa’s public transport network fortnights ago [Photo Getty Images]

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