Jack Ma to assist Bangladesh fight coronavirus

Jack Ma to assist Bangladesh fight coronavirus

Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, announced to help Bangladesh and some other Asian nations contain the spread of coronavirus.

He made the announcement in a tweet on Saturday.

Ma promised to donate emergency supplies, including masks, test kits, protective suits, plus ventilators and thermometers.

The other nations are – Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has spread to 186 countries and territories infecting 93,586 people. Although, 94,625 people have recovered, the disease has killed 12,836 – a fatality rate of 12 percent, according to Worldometer.

Bangladesh announced its first coronavirus cases on March 8. All three first patients recovered. But 10 days later, the country reported its first coronavirus death, followed by another fatality on last Friday.

So far, Bangladesh has confirmed 24 cases.

China recently announced its decision to donate emergency medical supplies, including a large number of test kits, to Bangladesh to fight coronavirus or Covid-19.

Also read: Coronavirus: China to give Bangladesh test kits, medical logistics

This Chinese Emergency Humanitarian Aid Project includes coronavirus test kits for 10,000 people, 15,000 medical N95 masks, 10,000 medical protective clothing and 1,000 infrared thermometers.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday said testing kits and medical logistics are ready in China and they will be brought to Bangladesh any time by a chartered flight.