CHINA has donated 30,000 novel coronaviruses (2019-nCoV) nucleic acid diagnostic kit (PCR-fluorescence probing) to assist the country fight against COVID-19.
The Acting Minister of Health and Child Care, Professor Amon Murwira received 1,250 kits each containing 24 tests at R.G. Mugabe International Airport.
The Minister expressed gratitude for the donation, saying testing is one of the main pillars in trying to contain this pandemic.
“I am very grateful to the People’s Republic of China; we have just received 30, 000 PCR testing kits and since testing is one of the main pillars in trying to contain this pandemic, we take very great pleasure and we thank a lot the Chinese Government, this friendship and this practical gesture towards containing the covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Elaborating the COVID-19 cases surge, Professor Murwira said: “The issue basically is that, we should never think that the crisis is over. We are facing unprecedented increases in the number of cases, what that means is that government can do the best it can but at the end of the day, the individual citizens take heed that these issues become very personal.
“So we should take this as a personal war against COVID-19. So It’s very important that all the potential tendencies to relax should stop, we are in danger and it should be seen through how we react.”
“Zimbabwe Government under the leadership of His Excellency E.D Mnangagwa has done an excellent job, he is trying his best to contain the spread of the virus,and Chinese Government has tried its best to help the government. Now you can see the donation from Chinese government, Chinese enterprises based in Zimbabwe.
“China and Zimbabwe are brothers and sisters, whenever we are in difficulties we help each other, Zimbabwe also helps us a lot. We hope with joint effort we can overcome all the difficulties and diffuse the coronavirus,” Chinese Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Zhao Baogang said at the airport during the handover of the 30, 000 PCR testing kits.
To date the total number of confirmed cases 982; recoveries 320, active cases 644 and 18 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.