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COVID-19: China hands over $4.3m to assist Fiji and Pacific Island countries
11:04 pm GMT+12, 30/03/2020, Fiji

The Chinese government is handing over $4.3 million (US$1.8 million) in cash and medical supplies to Fiji and other Pacific Island countries to fight COVID-19.
 
The Chinese Embassy in Fiji had stated the first batch of medical supplies would arrive this week.
 
The embassy said the Chinese local governments, enterprises and friendship associations were also lending helping hands to friends in the Pacific.
 
Meanwhile, the  World Health Organisation (WHO) says no new countries have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
 
In its situation report number 70 issued today, WHO stated that it had updated the operational planning guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“The document includes a set of immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganise and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all,” the WHO stated.
 
In terms of numbers, in the last 24 hours, WHO has reported:
 
* 693,224 confirmed cases globally, of which 58,411 cases are new

*33,106 deaths globally, of which 3215 are the latest recorded deaths

*103,775 confirmed cases in the Western Pacific region (987 new)

* Of the 3649 deaths recorded in the region, 23 are newly-recorded deaths

*4084 confirmed cases in the South-East Asia region (375 new); and 158 deaths (19 new)

*Eastern Mediterranean region has recorded 46,329 cases (3552 new); and 2813 deaths (145 new)

*Region of the Americas – 142,081 confirmed cases (21,289 new); and 2457 deaths (484 new)

*African region – 3486 confirmed cases (482 new); 60 deaths (9 new)

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS


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