Coronavirus: IEDCR receives 500 advanced testing kits from China

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‘We thank the Chinese government for donating the kits to Bangladesh’

China has donated to Bangladesh 500 “Real time PCR kits,” the most advanced kits to detect the novel coronavirus or Covid-19.

“We thank the Chinese government for donating the kits to Bangladesh,” said Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), at a press conference in Dhaka after receiving the kits, reports UNB.

The kits arrived by a China Airlines flight on Tuesday afternoon, said Yan Hualong, deputy chief of mission and minister (counsellor) of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

Until on Thursday, the viral outbreak — which began in China’s Wuhan city in late December last year — has so far infected more than 75,000 people globally and claimed more than 2,100 lives in mainland China and several other countries, including Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, France and the Philippines. 

China has given the testing kits to identify the flu-like coronavirus as a gesture of goodwill and strong faith that Bangladesh has in China in winning the battle against Covid-19.

“Even at its most difficult times, China never forgets to lend a helping hand,” Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said at a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Sunday.

“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,” Yan Hualong told UNB.

He said more such kits will be provided if any case is confirmed in Bangladesh.