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The Financial Express

World faces chronic shortage of coronavirus protective equipment: WHO

Published: February 07, 2020 18:55:12 | Updated: February 09, 2020 10:56:54


An employee from a disinfection service company sanitizes at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, February 7, 2020.  REUTERS/Heo Ran An employee from a disinfection service company sanitizes at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

The world is facing a chronic shortage of gowns, masks, gloves and other protective equipment in the fight against a spreading coronavirus epidemic, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, reports Reuters.

As of 6:00am Geneva time (0500 GMT) there were 31,211 confirmed cases in China and 637 deaths, he said.

“For the last two days there had been fewer reported infections in China, which is good news, but we caution against reading too much into that. The numbers could go up again,” he told the WHO Executive Board in Geneva.

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