Equatorial Guinea has announced that it would give China a $2 million solidarity contribution to help it fight the coronavirus outbreak.
The rampaging pneumonia-like illness, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in December has claimed more than 560 lives, infecting over 28,000 in mainland China. It has also spread to more than 20 countries.
A special WHO committee declared it a public health emergency of international concern on Jan. 30.
The government of the tiny central Africa state resolved to make the donation after a cabinet meeting this week, Africanews reported. The meeting was chaired by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
“China has always been a very strong and loyal supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this contribution is a demonstration that Equatorial Guinea stands in solidarity with China and its people as it fights a global outbreak that has already cost too many lives,” Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons said of the gesture.
“Our ongoing Year of Investment Initiative will be a testimony to the depth of our cooperation and relationship with China. It is a pleasure for Equatorial Guinea to support its partner in times of need,” he added.
Meanwhile, African airlines are canceling trips to China in the wake of the growing concerns around the threat posed by the coronavirus.
As many as five airlines including Kenya Airways, RwandAir, Air Madagascar, Royal Air Maroc as well as Air Mauritius have suspended flights to Beijing.
According to Kenya Airways, discussions are ongoing between the national carrier and the ministries of foreign affairs and health to determine how long the suspension would go.
But Ethiopian Airlines, the largest in Africa, will “continue to operate all its flights to China” but was working with the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.
Africa has large populations of students spread across China. Many more also go to China from Africa for purposes of trade.