As the death toll from coronavirus passed 1,000 on Wednesday, the Union of the Comoros, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, donated €100 to help fight against the epidemic.
The ceremony took place in the country’s capital of Moroni in January, in which a delegation led by Dr Ahamada Msa M’liva presented the money to the resident Chinese ambassador for purchasing facemasks.
“We know the capacities and the means of China, but by this gesture, the association wanted to show to the Chinese people how much the Comorians feel concerned,” Dr M’liva said.
Describing the fight against coronavirus as ‘complex and painful ordeal’, Dr M’liva lauded efforts of the Chinese government for helping international organisations in curtailing the epidemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) urged global unity to combat the “grave threat”.
Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113 on Wednesday, while more than 44,600 people have now been infected by the newly named COVID-19.
The WHO has named the virus 2019-nCoV in keeping with guidelines aimed to avoid linking the disease to an animal or a geographic location.