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PH receives COVID-19 test kits, PCR machine from Singapore

Philippine Information Agency
26 Mar 2020, 00:38 GMT+10

PARANAQUE CITY, March 25 (PIA) -- The Philippines government received the donation of 3,000 COVID-19 test kits and one (1) Polymerase Chain Reaction Machine from Singapore.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. received the donations from Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho on Monday, March 24, 2020 in a simple turover rites at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City.

Locsin has tweeted his thanks to Singapore for donating the test kits and COVID-19 detection machine before the foreign aid arrived in the country.

"Singapore is DONATING 3,000 COVID test kits and one PCR machine. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Memoing the President about this right now. I'm a bit tired," he said in his twitter account @teddyboylocsin.

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap signed on behalf of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, the Deed of Donation for the COVID-19 test kits and one Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Director General Constance See signed the Deed on behalf of Singapore and she was represented during the signing ceremony by MFA Country Officer Olivia Chong. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the officers of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

As of Wednesday, March 25, Department of Health (DOH) reports 84 new cases of COVID-19, bringing 636 confirmed cases in the country. The department also announces 6 additional recoveries and 3 new deaths. (DFA/PIA-NCR)

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