Vietnam presents gift to South Africa to help fight COVID-19 epidemic

Update: 17:02 | 27/05/2020
The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa on May 26 presented a package of food and protective equipment to a representative of Mbizana district, Eastern Cape province – one of the localities hardest hit by COVID-19 in the African nation.
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Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi and representative of Mbizana district at the hand-over ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi said the gift reflects the Vietnamese Government and peoples' sentiments to and solidarity with the South African government and people in the fight against the pandemic.

He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the South African government led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, people in South Africa and Mbizana district in particular will overcome difficulties, thus creating conditions for bilateral diplomatic ties.

Governor of Mbizana district Daniswa Mafumbatha, for her part, hailed Vietnam as an example in the fight against COVID-19 and wished that Vietnam would share its experience with the African country.

vietnam presents gift to south africa to help fight covid 19 epidemic
At the event. (Photo: VNA)

She said Mbizana has a population of about 320,000 people, 70 percent of them are young people and jobless. Therefore, Vietnam’s gift reflects the continuation of the traditional relationship between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the ruling African National Congress.

The South African National Department of Health said as of the end of May 26, the country recorded 24,262 patients infected with SARS-Cov-2, including 524 deaths.

Eastern Cape reported the country's third-largest number of infections with 2,864 cases, accounting for 11.8 percent of the total nationwide.

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(Source: VNA)