Slovakia gets face masks, coronavirus test kits from China to replenish supplies

Slovakia gets face masks, coronavirus test kits from China to replenish supplies

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Slovak police officers unload face masks and coronavirus test kits from a plane after it arrived from Beijing, China, at M.R. Stefanilk airport in Bratislava, Slovakia. JOE KLAMAR/AFP

BRATISLAVA: A Slovak government plane with a million surgical face masks and 100,000 rapid-result test kits for the new coronavirus arrived in Bratislava on Thursday (Mar 19) to alleviate the shortage faced by local authorities, social and health workers.

Slovakia, a country of 5.5 million, has reported 124 cases of the virus and has taken tough measures including border closures to slow down the spread of the disease.

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The plane was inspected by Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Interior Minister Denisa Sakova upon landing in a sign of the importance the government assigned to the shipment.

"The crew spent 42 hours on the plane, have brought a shipment we all waited for, and now one million facemasks and 100,000 tests for rapid coronavirus detection are being unloaded," Pellegrini told reporters in a briefing shown on TA3 television.

The country has recorded no deaths from the disease caused by the virus so far.

The government has said it expected more supplies from Turkey to arrive on Friday.

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Source: Reuters

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