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China’s Support to the Philippines in Battling the Pandemic

Chinese doctors and public health experts will form part of an advisory group expected to share insights on addressing the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

The Philippines on Tuesday recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus deaths and infections. China will send a team of medical experts to the Philippines to help the country fight COVID-19.

In a phone call, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian assured Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, that China would send a medical expert team to the Philippines. The team is expected to provide Philippine health officials technical advice and their experience in treating coronavirus patients, the embassy said. However, There was no definite schedule for their arrival yet.

Duque expressed his appreciation and gratitude for China’s support to the Philippines in battling the epidemic and looked forward to the arrival of the Chinese medical expert team. Duque also pledged that the Philippine Department of Health would actively further coordinate with the Embassy to make sure the work of the medical expert team goes smoothly.

With the decreasing number of infections in China, ground zero for the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, the country has started to shift towards providing aid to other countries affected by the virulent disease.

In a virtual press conference, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire welcomed the idea of Chinese doctors and experts lending their insights to the Philippines.

We also want to get their advice on the measures that we are implementing against COVID-19. We want them to share their expertise with us on how they are able to control the spread of the disease and lower the number of COVID-19-related deaths,” she said.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi informed him that China has allotted 100,000 testing kits, 10,000 N95 masks, 10,000 personal protective equipment sets, and 100,000 surgical masks for the country.