Demand for protective gear for medical staff tackling the coronavirus outweighs China’s domestic supply. Photo: Xinhua

China goes global in search for protective suits, masks and goggles as coronavirus infections begin to take off

  • Government estimates that 100,000 pieces of gear are needed every day in virus epicentre Hubei province alone, but Chinese suppliers can only meet a third of that
  • Unicef, South Korea, Japan and Chinese embassies are sourcing and shipping more, while Taiwan says it must focus on its own needs
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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Demand for protective gear for medical staff tackling the coronavirus outweighs China’s domestic supply. Photo: Xinhua
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Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.