Cambodia aids China in Covid-19 fight

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said on Tuesday that his ministry would donate 300,000 masks and protective medical clothing to China’s Ministry of National Defence to aid the fight against Covid-19.

Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said on Tuesday that his
ministry would donate 300,000 masks and protective medical clothing to
China’s Ministry of National Defence to aid the fight against Covid-19.

A post on the defence ministry’s Facebook page said Banh made the
announcement at the closing of a training ceremony and opening of a
school building at the National Defence University in Phnom Penh.

“Because we see a lot of difficulties faced by our friend
China, our Ministry of National Defence today informed the Chinese
embassy here that we decided to collect some masks even though the
amount is not a lot . . . 300,000 masks, but it is our way of
participating to help our friend China,” he said.

Meanwhile, Banh also called on soldiers and people to be cautious of Covid-19 and follow the Ministry of Health’s advice.

He said people spreading fake news that Cambodia is facing an epidemic over the virus are traitors.

Banh and ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

According to the BBC, earlier this month Hua Chunying, spokesperson
for China’s Ministry of National Defence, said what the country urgently
needed were medical masks, protective medical clothing and glasses.

On Tuesday, China announced that the death toll from Covid-19 rose to
2,663. More than 30 countries have reported the disease, which broke
out in December in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

Only a single case of Covid-19 has been found in Cambodia, in Preah
Sihanouk province late last month, but the Chinese patient has since
recovered and left the country.

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