More than 15 tons of equipment and material donated by China to support Timor-Leste in combating covid-19, including 90 portable fans, arrive in Dili today on a flight from Indonesia.

The Chinese Embassy in Dili reported that the equipment includes 82,000 masks, 4,400 protective suits and an equal number of visors and shoe covers.

On the charter plane expected in Dili in the middle of today, there are still 5,000 medical gloves, 80 thermometers and 90 portable ventilators.

The Chinese donation is the second since the outbreak began in Timor-Leste, with the country already providing personal protective equipment and thermal temperature measurement chambers.

“The Embassy will continue to closely follow the epidemic situation in Timor-Leste and remains available to provide more support when Timor-Leste needs it”, explains a note from the diplomatic mission to which Lusa had access.

The diplomatic mission explains that, in this regard, it is already preparing a third batch of medical support in coordination with the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation.

“Covid-19 has reached Timor-Leste and constitutes a serious threat to the lives and health of East Timorese and China is alongside Timor-Leste as a good neighbor, friend and partner and continues to be at the side of the country,” said the note.

“The Embassy has tried its best to help Timor-Leste to fight against covid-19 in various ways, offering medical material and equipment, information and knowledge and encouraging the Chinese community and companies to make donations”, he considers.

Timor-Leste currently has 22 active cases of covid-19 and today began the second period of 30 days of state of emergency to respond to the pandemic.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 210,000 deaths and infected more than three million people in 193 countries and territories.

More than 818,000 patients were considered cured.

Source: RTP