Chinese gov't to send doctors to PH to combat COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30)— The Chinese government will send a team of medical experts who will help the Philippines combat COVID-19, Beijing’s embassy in Manila said Monday.

“The main task of the medical expert team is to help the Philippines fight against COVID-19, by providing technical advice on epidemic prevention and control as well as sharing medical treatment experience,” Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said.

The Chinese Embassy said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appreciated China’s support to the Philippines in addressing the pandemic and is looking forward to the arrival of the Chinese medical team.

Locsin earlier appealed to the Health Department to allow China's deployment of medical workers to the Philippines amid the COVID-19 crisis. The country's top diplomat said he has asked his counterpart, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian, "to send us Chinese doctors" but claimed that DOH has been "blocking their arrival."

Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire, however, denied such move, saying the agency has no objection to the entry of the international medical experts.

China— the ground zero of the infectious disease— has recorded over 82,000 COVID-19 cases as of Monday. Out of the number, nearly 76,000 individuals have recovered.

The Philippines, on the other hand, has listed 1,546 cases, including 78 fatalities and 42 recoveries.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected over 723,000 people in 177 different countries.