China Declares Urgent Need for Medical Masks
China said it is in urgent need of medical masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to Channel News Asia. Now that the virus has claimed more than 360 victims, this crisis has surpassed even the SARS virus of the early 2000s.
"What China urgently needs at present are medical masks, protective suits, and safety goggles," said Hua Chunying, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, in a press briefing.
This comes on the heels of a 57-person jump in confirmed deaths — the biggest increase in one day since the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, in 2019.
Since then, the virus has spread to 24 countries, regardless of many governments pushing never-before-seen travel bans on Chinese citizens arriving on their soil.
The World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus has become a global health emergency, with the first death outside of China confirmed this past Sunday in the Philippines.