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China disposes of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste amid coronavirus epidemic

Xinhua | Published: March 17, 2020 17:30:13 | Updated: March 22, 2020 19:42:58


China disposes of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste amid coronavirus epidemic

China has disposed of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste since late January amid the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).

China's medical waste disposal capacity has reached 6,058.8 tonnes per day, up from 4,902.8 tonnes each day before the epidemic outbreak, MEE said in a statement.

The disposal capacity of Hubei Province, the epicentre of the outbreak, rose from 180 tonnes per day before the outbreak to 667.4 tonnes, showed the MEE data.

Environmental authorities monitored the country's 17,949 drinking water sources and did not find any impact from the epidemic on the quality of the sources, it said.

The MEE also logged improvement in air quality for 337 cities it has monitored, with the share of good air quality days at 85.7 per cent from January 20 to March 14, up 10.1 percentage points year on year.

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