Sarawak receives first batch of 20,000 face masks from China

Picture from The Star

By John Isaac

SARAWAK has received 20,000 face masks from China’s Fujian province, with more expected to come from another province next week, says a state minister.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the first batch of N95 masks would be distributed to frontliners, especially medical personnel.

“These masks were donated by the provincial government of Fujian, which has a friendship agreement with Sarawak, through the Chinese consulate.

“The Shandong provincial government, which is another friendship state with Sarawak, will send more masks through the consulate in the coming week,” he told reporters.

Accordig to reports in The Star, besides masks, Dr Sim said Fujian province also provided assistance through a video conferencing session between their medical specialists and those in Sarawak.

“Yesterday, there was another video conference with cardiologists from a hospital in Nanjing. In particular, we are interested in how the Chinese experts boost the immunity of the ordinary people as well as the sick,” he said.

On the Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, Dr Sim said the majority of them were imported from Kuala Lumpur but some cases were detected among Sarawakians returning from Italy, Holland and Scotland.

“There are six existing clusters now. Some cases are ‘second generation’ from the existing clusters,” he said.