LUANDA, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Thursday offered 15 million U.S. dollars to help Angola fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oliver Lambert, World Bank resident representative in the Angolan capital, told press that the fund would help authorities with such pandemic prevention measures as purchasing laboratory equipment and safety and hygiene materials.
Angolan authorities have canceled several cultural, political and recreational events as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government has also ordered the closure of schools, higher education institutions and kindergartens from March 23.
On March 25, Angolan President Joao Lourenco declared a state of emergency.
The country has four COVID-19 cases so far.