S. Africa's health minister applauds China's COVID-19 fight

Source:Xinhua 2020-03-23

  JOHANNESBURG, March 20 (Xinhua) -- South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday applauded China's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, saying South Africa could learn from China's efforts.

  "I want to thank China for the good lessons in fighting coronavirus, China is one of the examples we've been looking at," Mkhize said.

  He said when thousands of people were infected with the virus at the start of the year, the situation was grim but China turned it around.

  "Initially, it looked like it was an impossible task... China took very firm steps and built a hospital, those lessons are valuable for all of us," he said.

  He applauded Chinese authorities for protecting South Africans in Wuhan. "Not a single South African has been infected."

  The minister made this comment while attending a donation ceremony in the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria. South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association together with Huawei Technologies handed over the donation worth 3 million rand (about 170,000 U.S. dollars) to the country's Department of Health to support efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19.

  Mkhize said, "The donation is a mark of friendship. It's a mark of solidarity. It's a mark of partnership with the people of China."

  He added cooperation between South Africa and China is crucial.


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