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Lesotho receives COVID-19 test kits from billionaire Jack Ma

The Alibaba founder donated 1.1 million test kits, 20,000 each to 54 countries.

Millions of medical supplies donated by Alibaba CEO and billionaire, Jack Ma, destined for various African countries to assist in the fight against coronavirus have landed in Ethiopia. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Ethiopian Airlines has delivered coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits, masks, and protective suits donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to Lesotho a day earlier than expected.

The Alibaba founder donated 1.1 million test kits, 20,000 each to 54 countries.

Lesotho’s ambassador to the African Union Mafa Sejanamane said the consignment was moved forward to ensure that it didn't clash with South Africa’s national lockdown.

The Mountain Kingdom landlocked by South Africa has not recorded any confirmed any COVID-19 cases, but it also doesn’t have the testing capability.

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane, who was previously criticised for inaction, also announced a lockdown from Saturday.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.