China imports 240 mln items of medical materials for anti-virus battle

China has imported 810 million yuan (about 115.46 million U.S. dollars) worth of epidemic prevention materials in ten days to ease domestic shortages amid efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, customs data showed Monday.

From Jan. 24 to Feb. 2, China imported some 240 million items of materials using for the prevention and control, 230 million of which are protective equipment including 220 million face masks, 2.529 million protective suits and 279,000 pairs of goggles, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said.

On Sunday alone, a total of 59.708 million items of epidemic prevention materials worth 150 million yuan were imported into the China, according to the GAC.

Chinese customs has provided fast-track clearance at customs for inbound materials that will be used in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has also said it will do its best to encourage domestic enterprises to resume production of the medical materials in need while expanding global procurement to alleviate domestic shortages.

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