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Chinese military support medical, daily necessity supplies in virus-hit Wuhan

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 13:30, March 02, 2020

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- China's armed forces have played a role in supporting medical and daily necessity supplies in the city of Wuhan, as part of the country's sweeping efforts to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

As of Sunday, 260 troops and 130 transport vehicles from the Central Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army had been tasked with transporting 8,500 tonnes of household goods and 23,600 pieces (sets) of protective materials and equipment to Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, a military officer said at a press conference Monday.

Meanwhile, the Central Theater Command had sent helicopters to transfer 6.5 tonnes of medical supplies by Sunday, said Chen Jingyuan, head of the health bureau of the Logistic Support Department under the Central Military Commission.

Earlier, the military's joint task force for response to public health emergencies allocated 400,000 medical masks, 8,000 sets of protective clothing, 50 sets of positive pressure respiratory protective hoods and two sets of negative pressure isolation transfer cabins to Wuhan to ensure medical treatment in immediate need, Chen said.

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