President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening [30 March 2020] and announced that major contributions had been made to help with a mass screening campaign planned by the government.
To help aid the mass testings that are scheduled to take place throughout the coming weeks, Chinese philanthropist and founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has made a generous donation of medical supplies to the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Ethiopian government which will be distributed to each of the Member States, including South Africa, as part of the efforts to the fight the spread of COVID-19 in the African continent.
“This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time. The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak. We are facing a humanitarian situation, an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC.
President #Ramaphosa: We are also extremely grateful to Mr Jack Ma, the founder of the Chinese-based company @AlibabaGroup, who has donated vital medical supplies to South Africa and other countries across Africa.
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The donation included more than 100 tons of infection control and prevention commodities and over 1.5 million diagnostic laboratory testing kits.
“We are also extremely grateful to Mr Jack Ma, the founder of the China-based company Alibaba, who has donated vital medical supplies to South Africa and other countries across Africa.” Said President Ramaphosa in his address to the nation.
As of 31 March 2020, 36,000 South Africans have been tested for COVID-19, and the number of infections sits at 1,326 with 3 confirmed deaths.