Mainland tech giants donate millions to help HK amid pandemic surge
Published: Feb 18, 2022 09:48 PM
Guangdong-HongKong-Macao Greater Bay Area Photo: VCG

Guangdong-HongKong-Macao Greater Bay Area Photo: VCG

Several tech giants from the Chinese mainland including Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi have announced large donations to support Hong Kong as the city is suffering a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Tencent said on Friday that it will offer an additional HK$40 million ($5.13 million) through its foundation, after its first donation of HK$10 million for young children and the elderly, given the grim epidemic situation in Hong Kong.

Alibaba also donated HK$10 million to Hong Kong in the first phase through its foundation to support the anti-epidemic work. In addition, Tmall Hong Kong is also providing logistics subsidies to ensure the stability of supplies and prices of anti-epidemic goods. Also, logistics platform Cainiao under Alibaba said its distribution in Hong Kong is maintaining normal services.

On the same day, Xiaomi Foundation announced a donation of HK$5 million to Hong Kong to support the procurement of anti-epidemic materials. Ant Group also donated HK$10 million to Hong Kong through the foundation. announced that it will donate 100 million yuan ($15 million) of anti-epidemic materials to Hong Kong medical staff, and the company said as long as Hong Kong needs to fight the epidemic, it will provide support at any time.

Hong Kong health authorities are expected to confirm at least 3,600 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, broadcaster TVB reported, citing an unidentified source.

China's National Health Commission said on Thursday it will continue fully supporting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and meet its demands in containing the current COVID-19 outbreak.