Discussions ongoing to assist Maldives: Chinese Ambassador

China has said on Thursday, they are discussing with the government of the Maldives ways that the country can provide assistance to the archipelago on the cautionary measures against the COVID-19 outbreak currently escalating across the globe.

The Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives Zhang Lizhong said following the detection of the COVID-19 in the Maldives, discussions have been ongoing between China and Maldives to identify the areas on which Maldives requires assistance.

"I have been in close contacts with Cabinet Ministers of Maldives on the situations in China and Maldives. Both are working hard to identify areas of co-op. I strongly feel the sympathy and support from the people of Maldives to us, for which we will reciprocate," wrote the Ambassador in a tweet published on Thursday.

The ambassador's tweet comes while the opposition has alleged that the government rejected Chinese assistance in managing the COVID-19 outbreak.

The virus that originated in the Hubei Province of China last December, has now spread to various parts of the globe. In China 80,754 were infected with the virus out of which 3,136 people have died. However, over the past two weeks, the number of newly infected patients have been decreasing in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.