Chinese medical team and a consignment of medical equipment have arrived in the country as efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The team from central China’s Hunan Province has 12 members and medical supplies including ventilators, nucleic acid testing kits, face masks and medical protective suits.

Speaking during a reception ceremony held at Robert Mugabe International Airport in capital Harare to, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun expressed gratitude to the Hunan provincial government and leading medical institutions.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all doctors in this team for coming such a long way to Zimbabwe and to join us fight COVID-19 together,” he said.

Zhu Yimin, deputy director of Hunan provincial health commission, said China’s experience in dealing with the pandemic will enhance Zimbabwe’s efforts in combating COVID-19.

July Moyo, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Chinese government for standing with Zimbabwe in its fight against COVID-19.

“These experts will interact with experts from Zimbabwe and I think by the time they leave we will have more insights, we will have more things to learn and it can assist us in our strategy to combat COVID-19,” he said.

Zimbabwe has so far recorded 36 cases of COVID-19, with nine recoveries and four deaths.