Egypt receives first batch of China’s anti-coronavirus materials

A security guard at Cairo University wears a protective mask following the suspension of study for only undergraduate students amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in Cairo, Egypt March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Shokry Hussien
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask withdraws money from an ATM at the Al Shohadaa “Martyrs” metro station as Egypt ramps up efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Cairo, Egypt, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

Egypt received on Thursday the first batch of China’s anti-coronavirus materials including 20,000 N95 masks, 10,000 protective suits and 10,000 testing kits for COVID-19.

When receiving the materials at the airport, Mohamed Shawky, undersecretary of Egyptian Health Ministry, expressed his “appreciation to the Chinese side for the aid and its support for Egypt amid the ongoing difficult conditions.”

Shawky also hailed the deep ties between the two countries in all fields.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang said China will provide information and technical assistance for Egypt to contain the pandemic, adding more batches of aid will be sent to Egypt in the coming days.

“The materials are gifts from the People’s Republic of China to Egypt for jointly fighting against the novel coronavirus,” said Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed, according to a statement by her ministry.

Zayed extended her gratitude to the Chinese government and people, praising China’s precautionary measures for successfully curbing the spread of the virus.

Egypt has so far reported 2,505 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a death toll of 183.