Uzbekistan sends protective equipment to coronavirus-hit China

Uzbekistan sends protective equipment to coronavirus-hit China

Worker in protective suit serves customers at a pharmacy following an outbreak of the new coronavir
A worker in protective suit serves customers at a pharmacy following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 1, 2020. (Photo: cnsphoto via REUTERS)

TASHKENT: Uzbekistan is sending 40 tonnes of protective suits, masks and gloves to virus-hit China, the Central Asian nation's government said on Wednesday (Feb 12), as a fully loaded military cargo plane departed Tashkent.

Uzbekistan's government has stopped all regular flights to China, its major trade partner and investor, due to an outbreak of a new coronavirus, which emerged there late last year. Chinese authorities have reported shortages of protective medical equipment.

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The Tashkent cabinet said in a statement it was preparing a second shipment. It did not specify whether the flights were headed for the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, Beijing, or another location in China. 

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Source: Reuters/nr

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