Cape Town receives Chinese donations to help fight COVID-19

Monday, April 20th, 2020 04:59 |
Chinese Consul General in Cape Town Lin Jing (R) greets Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato with an elbow bump during a donation ceremony at the Chinese Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa, April 17, 2020.(Xinhua/Westly Fester)

One impoverished district in South Africa's Cape Town on Friday received donations from a Chinese company and the Chinese community in the city to help fight COVID-19.

The Chinese corporation named Longyuan Mulilo Wind Projects and the local Chinese community donated cash, food parcels, surgical masks and other medical supplies worth about 1.2 million rand (about 64,000 U.S. dollars) to the residents of the coronavirus-stricken Cape Flats, who have to rely on food parcels from the city due to a nationwide lockdown that started on March 26.

The donations were handed over to Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato at the Chinese Consulate in Cape Town.

Noting that part of the donation will be used to buy food for the numerous soup kitchens which offer free meals to local people in need, Plato said "this donation will take us very very far, and we will definitely engage with other parties on the Cape Flats."

South Africa registered 178 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the sharpest rise for a single day since the country recorded its first confirmed case on March 5, according to the Health Ministry.

As of 4:00 a.m. Saturday local time, the country reported 2,783 confirmed cases and 50 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.  (Xinhua)

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