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China assists Laos in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic

(Xinhua)    09:55, March 27, 2020

VIENTIANE, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese side has been delivering epidemic prevention materials to Laos to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese embassy in Laos said on Thursday.

The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have paid high attention to strengthening the cooperation with Laos on the COVID-19 prevention and control, while 2,016 sets of testing kits provided by China have been delivered to the Lao side, an embassy official told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, 5,000 sets of protective clothing, 5,000 N95 masks, 400,000 disposable medical masks, as well as 20,000 sets of testing kits provided by the Jack Ma Foundation have been shipped to Laos.

In the coming days, the Chinese government will also offer further assistance to Laos according to the epidemic prevention and control needs in Laos, the embassy official said.

Local governments of Yunnan, Hunan, Chongqing, Shandong and Shanghai in China, institutions and enterprises such as the China-Asia Economic Development Association, the China and Foreign Entrepreneurs Alliance, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Vientiane Branch, and overseas Chinese communities in Laos are also extending their assistance.

Some equipments and materials they prepared have been delivered to Laos.

On March 18, a shipment of COVID-19 testing kits provided by the Chinese government arrived in Vientiane, and on the same day Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong exchanged views on enhancing epidemic prevention and control cooperation with Lao Health Minister Bounkong Syhavong.

Laos detected three more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing its total number to six.

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