China coordinates resources to ensure mask supplies amid epidemic outbreak: official

BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — China has actively coordinated resources under a joint prevention and control mechanism to address the shortage of masks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, an official said Wednesday.

Hao Fuqing, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission, told a press conference held in Beijing that efforts have been made to support production resumption by enterprises to improve production capacity and increase supply.

As of Monday, daily production of masks exceeded 14.8 million by factories in 22 major provincial-level regions, up 3.1 percent from the previous day, Hao said.

Cured patients are congratulated by medical staff at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Feb. 5, 2020. Seven pneumonia patients infected with the novel coronavirus were cured and discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

A nurse receives a patient who got a fever at the fever clinic of the Zhijiang campus of the First Affiliated Hospital of College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Feb. 3, 2020. The Zhijiang campus of the hospital has the capacity of about 1,000 beds and is able to receive nearly 100 patients in severe condition. At present, it has admitted 54 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection, including 23 cases in severe condition and 8 cases in critical condition. The condition of 23 out of 54 cases have turned better after treatment, and 5 cases are expected to be discharged from hospital by the end of this week

Specialists of the Zhijiang campus of the First Affiliated Hospital of College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, attend a daily meeting to discuss the condition of patients in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Feb. 3, 2020. The Zhijiang campus of the hospital has the capacity of about 1,000 beds and is able to receive nearly 100 patients in severe condition. At present, it has admitted 54 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection, including 23 cases in severe condition and 8 cases in critical condition. The condition of 23 out of 54 cases have turned better after treatment, and 5 cases are expected to be discharged from hospital by the end of this week.

 

(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

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