(Yicai Global) March 16 -- China donated 2,000 fast test kits for COVID-19 to the Philippines today to help the country curb the fast rise in infected cases, the Chinese Embassy to the Philippines said.
The embassy said in a statement that the high-tech fast test kits, developed by China BGI Group, have a capability to issue results in three hours.
"The kits have not only been widely used in China's battle against the epidemic and proven to be quite effective, but also been exported to more than 50 countries including Japan, Thailand, Brunei, Egypt, Peru and the United Arab Emirates," the statement said.
The embassy reiterated that "China is ready to provide more test kits in the coming days."
The arrival of the COVID-19 test kits is timely as the virus cases were surging in the last few days in the Philippines. The Philippines now has 140 confirmed cases, including 12 deaths.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke on the phone with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin yesterday to thank the Philippine government and its people "for giving China valuable support when the epidemic situation in China was severe."
Wang told Locsin that China "has decided to provide the Philippines with urgently-needed medical materials such as test kits and protective clothing, and will actively coordinate the dispatch of medical experts."