China Donates New Medical Supplies to Syria to Help Fight COVID-19 Pandemic; Palestine Records 713 New COVID-19 Cases, 47,830 in Total


DAMASCUS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A new batch of medical donations from China was delivered to the Syrian health authorities on Thursday to help the country fight COVID-19 pandemic.

The aid, raised and donated by a voluntary organization in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, includes face masks, goggles, protection suits and ventilators, according to the Chinese Embassy in Syria.

At a delivery ceremony at the Ibn al-Nafis hospital in Syria's capital Damascus, Chinese Ambassador to Syria Feng Biao said the situation in Syria has improved in terms of fighting the pandemic.

I have confidence in the steadfastness, awareness, and courage of the Syrian people. We will defeat this pandemic. I am proud of this spirit ... and the friendship with the Syrian people, Feng stated.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Khleifawi, deputy Syrian health minister, said the Syrian Health Ministry is extremely grateful for ... this precious gift that will help the health sector in Syria.

It is the latest in a string of humanitarian supplies from China since the outbreak of coronavirus in Syria.

On Aug. 18, the Chinese embassy in Syria donated medical equipment to the University Children Hospital in Damascus to help improve the medical services of the university's Bone Marrow Transplant Center.

On June 24, the Syrian Health Ministry received a batch of Chinese medical equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 4, the ministry received a similar batch of aid transferred by the Chinese embassy.

RAMALLAH, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Thursday reported 713 new cases infected with the novel coronavirus in the Palestinian territories, raising the total number of infections to 47,830.

In a press statement, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said that the new infections were recorded in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the health ministry reported five new fatalities from the COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the Palestinian territories to 322, the minister added.

Four deaths were recorded in the West Bank districts, while one death was reported in East Jerusalem, she explained.

Palestine currently has 12,167 active cases, the minister noted.