South Sudan receives Jack Ma’s medical supplies to fight COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 13:03 | By
Workers offload medical supplies at Juba International Airport in Juba, capital of South Sudan, March 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Gale Julius)

South Sudan on Tuesday received medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation included 100,000 face masks, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 protective suits.

 Deng Dau Deng,  deputy minister of foreign affairs, said the medical donation arrived at the right moment when the country is strengthening efforts to prevent the virus from reaching South Sudan.

"Today we have received very important support from Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma to respond to the COVID-19," Deng told reporters at Juba International Airport.

"This (donation) will be able to help and to protect those who will be helping in diagnosing and solving problems of this COVID-19," he added.

 South Sudan has no case of the novel coronavirus, but all its neighbors have confirmed cases.

The country's Ministry of Health on Monday imposed a number of preventive measures among them, a ban on social gatherings, cancelation of international flights and cross-border closure of all borders. (Xinhua)

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