Dr Ahamada Msa Mliva hands over €100 to He Yanjun in a ceremony. Facebook photo
The tiny island of Comoros has made huge headlines and won the hearts of millions with a noble gesture after the country gave €100 to China to fight coronavirus.
A delegation led by Dr Ahamada Msa Mliva handed over €100 to the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China He Yanjun at a ceremony attended by delegates.
An emotional Mliva expressed full solidarity with the people of China facing this crisis.
Dr Ahamada Msa Mliva and He Yanjun during a ceremony. Facebook photo
Mliva handed over the amount to the ambassador for the purchase of a box of face masks. There has been a dearth of face masks in China over the past few weeks.
Mliva said, "We know China's abilities and means, but through this gesture, we wanted to show the Chinese people how much the Comorians feel concerned."
Ambassador Yanjun said he was deeply touched by this gesture.
The death toll reached 1,113 due to the coronavirus — now dubbed COVID-19.
Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll, with more than 44,600 people now infected.
More than 570 people have been infected with the coronavirus across China and Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, has been placed under effective quarantine.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a new case of Coronavirus infection in the country, and added that the patient was stable and under medical care.
Several political leaders and even others, including doctors and researchers, have pinned hope that the virus would not be this deadly with the arrival of summer.
Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison. One of his lawyers, Khwaja Naveed, said he could go free unless the government chooses to challenge the court decision.
About half the country's roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine — including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement.
The first phase testing would take around three months, CSIRO's director of health Rob Grenfell told Reuters, adding that any resulting vaccine would not be available to the public before late next year.