Billionaire Jack Ma sends coronavirus test kits for South-East Asian, Latin American countries, earns praise

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Jack Ma has announced to donate 1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers to many Asian and Latin American countries.

As coronavirus infection continues to spread across the world, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma took to Twitter on Saturday and pledged to donate a range of emergency supplies to 10 countries in South and South-East Asia and 24 Latin American countries.

The Alibaba founder announced that he will supply 1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Earlier his foundation also said they are sending medical equipments, kits and masks to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand as well.

"Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies (1.8 million masks, 210,000 test kits, 36,000 protective suits, plus ventilators and thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Delivering fast is not easy, but we'll get it done!" he wrote on Twitter.

"We will donate emergency supplies - 2 million masks, 400K test kits, 104 ventilators - to 24 Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Peru. We will ship long-distance, and we will hurry! WE ARE ONE!" he said in another tweet.

The tweets by the business magnet went viral and people couldn't stop thanking him for his support. Many also noticed that India is the only South Asian country that was not included in the list. Take a look at some reactions here:

This is not the first time Ma has announced such a move. Recently, he announced on Twitter about donating 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and 1 million masks to the United States. He also sent out special consignments to European nations reeling under the pandemic such as Italy, Spain, France and Belgium. His foundation also informed masks and kits have been sent to all 54 African nations too.

Globally, the coronavirus diseases have killed more than 13,000 and have affected more than 3, 00,000. Meanwhile in India, the total number of positive cases rose to 370 on Sunday. (Click here for LIVE UPDATES)