KARACHI, Pakistan

China has sent medical supplies to several South and Southeast Asian nations to help them stem the fast growing coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing’s assistance coincided with a call from the World Health Organization (WHO) that urged South Asian countries to scale-up their fight against the deadly coronavirus.

In Pakistan, a special plane carrying medical supplies, including over 50,000 testing kits, face masks, and other equipment landed on Friday, an official statement said.

This was the second cache of medical supplies donated by Beijing to its longtime ally Islamabad in less than a week.

China’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming handed

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