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People in China wear masks as defense against the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
(SNO) – Dominica will be donating 10,000 masks to China as the Asian country battles the dreaded novel coronavirus which has claimed over 1,000 lives and infected tens of thousands.
In addressing the matter, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, called on all nations to work diligently with China as it battles the virus which has caused jitters around the globe.
“The government of Dominica wishes to say to all nations that this is not a time for nations to take decisions in an effort to isolate the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
He described China as a “steadfast friend.”
“We say to our steadfast friends, the People’s Republic of China, that Dominica stands by your side in this hour of great difficulty,” Skerrit noted.
China and Dominica share a very close relationship with Beijing maintaining a large embassy on the island.
The death toll in mainland China continues to climb, with 1,113 deaths and 44,653 infections reported on Wednesday. Most deaths are in Hubei province and its capital city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.
At least 25 countries have confirmed cases and several nations have evacuated their citizens from Hubei. Two deaths have been recorded outside mainland China – one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus poses a “grave threat” to the world.
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