The 23th Metallurgical Construction Group Corporation Limited of Minmetals (MCC), a Chinese state-owned enterprise, on Saturday, donated Personal Protective Equipment and other essential medical equipment to the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC).
MMC is the contractor of State Trading Organization (STO)’s housing project in Hulhumale’ Phase II.
STO announced in a press statement on Saturday that MCC has donated PPE kits, face masks, and other essential medical equipment to NEOC to aid in Maldives’ efforts to curb an outbreak of the new coronavirus.
The donated equipment were packed in 10 boxes, which contained 4,800 masks, 10 PCS protective suits, infrared thermometer guns, goggles, surgical gloves and hand sanitizer bottles.
The donations were presented to STO by MCC Maldives branch manager Chen Yun, and have been delivered to NEOC.
MCC is the world’s largest and strongest metallurgical construction contractor and operation service provider
MCC is run under China Minmetals Corporation, one of China’s largest metals and mineral traders.
A number of Chinese companies, some of which run projects in Maldives, have donated medical equipment to Maldives.
China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which runs projects in Maldives, donated PPEs and other medical equipment to Maldives in late May. It followed a large shipment of medical equipment donated to Maldives by the Chinese government and a large number of Chinese companies and well-wishers early May.
Maldives identified its first coronavirus case on March 7, and declared a state of public health emergency over the pandemic four days later on March 11. It ceased the issuance of on-arrival visas and closed its borders on March 27.
While coronavirus cases had initially been restricted to resorts and safaris, and later quarantine facilities holding inbound travelers, Male’ City identified its first coronavirus case on April 15, prompting a city-wide lockdown and a nationwide ban on nonessential travel.
Maldives has 2,003 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 1,193 patients have recovered and eight have died from complications.