Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and Filipino boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao foundations said they would give the Philippines 50,000 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to a tweet by the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, this is their part in the efforts to fight COVID-19 in the Philippines.
“The Jack Ma Foundation, in partnership with Manny Pacquiao Foundation, will be providing 50,000 test kits to combat COVID-19 in the Philippines,” said Pacquiao’s foundation in a tweet.
As of Monday night, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was at 142 after DOH confirmed two new cases.
However, it was not clarified yet whether Senator Migz Zubiri, who announced he was COVID-19 positive last night, was included in the new cases.
Over 100 PGH medical interns volunteer to help battle COVID-19
The University of the Philippines said over 100 interns volunteered to remain on duty at the Philippine General Hospital despite being directed to pull out.
“Last March 14, 2020, the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges gave out a directive to pull out medical interns out of all NCR hospitals. However, over 100 interns at the Philippine General Hospital volunteered to go back on-duty to help the patients and the remaining health care workers in the hospital,” it said.
It added that the PGH Administration welcomed these interns with “assurances of PPE (personal protective equipment), food lodging, and standby medical care for all of them.”
“The University salutes the hard work and bayanihan spirit among the frontliners, health workers, and medical professionals in the country’s battle against COVID-19,” it said. “Mabuhay po kayo!”