Manny Pacquiao is teaming up with Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to help bring some much-needed relief to the Philippines during this coronavirus outbreak.
The Philippines senator and boxing's only eight-division world champion took to his Instagram account earlier this week to announce that his Manny Pacquiao Foundation is partnering with the Jack Ma Foundation to pledge 50,000 test kits to fight the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
We’re excited to announce the Jack Ma Foundation, in partnership with @PacquiaoFoundation is pledging 50,000 test kits to combat COVID-19 in the Philippines. With everything that’s happening around the world today, there is no better time to unite and do whatever we can to help each other. Thank you @JackMaFoundation for this generous donation! 🇵🇭✊ #PacquiaoFoundation #MannysCorner #JackMaFoundation
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On Tuesday, CNN reported that half of the Philippines has been placed under an "enhanced community quarantine," in which residents can only leave their homes for vital items in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19.
The Philippines has 140 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths as a result of the global pandemic, as reported by the World Health Organization.
Ma's efforts in the Philippines come after his Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation collaborated to announce their shipment of 500,000 testing kits and one million masks to the United States. Ma has also sent testing kits to Italy, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain and Africa in hopes of limiting the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.