Health Desk- 17 Feb, 2020: China will give 500 sets 'most advanced kits' to Bangladesh to detect coronavirus.
"These are real-time fluorescent RT-PCR kits for detecting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are the first such donation to any country from China," Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister (Counsellor) of Chinese Embassy Yan Hualong said following a meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.
Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming along with his deputy chief met the foreign minister at his office and made this announcement. However, the kits are expected to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday.
He said more such kits will be provided if any case is confirmed in Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Momen said China has been very helpful to Bangladesh throughout the process and recalled the Chinese government's support in bringing back 312 Bangladesh nationals from Wuhan city, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 69,000 people globally and killed over 1,660 people. The virus has spread to more than two dozen countries and affected global trade.