Duterte says China willing to help Philippines amid coronavirus pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the Chinese government offered help amid the coronavirus disease outbreak.

“President Xi Jinping, for all his goodness to us, wrote me a letter and he is willing to help. All we have to do is to ask,” said Duterte in a late night press briefing wherein he announced the guidelines in containing the outbreak through Resolution No. 11.

The country has so far recorded 52 confirmed cases and five deaths due to COVID-19 since the country was placed under state of public health emergency.

Duterte said he will only ask for help if things “deteriorate.”

“Ako, sa tingin ko, (For me) maybe there will be a time, if things deteriorate that I have to call on China to help. He (Xi Jinping) said they have managed the crisis very well in his country and he is very much willing to help kung kailangan (if needed),” said the President.

China remains the worst affected country in the Covid-19 epidemic.

CNN reported that as of Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) recorded a total of 80,793 people infected since the pandemic began in December last year -- 62,793 of whom have since recovered and been discharged from hospital. The NHC said there have been 3,169 virus-related deaths during the same period.