China is struggling to cope with the mountains of medical waste caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Reuters
China is struggling to cope with the mountains of medical waste caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus: China struggling to deal with mountain of medical waste created by epidemic

  • Lack of treatment facilities brought into sharp focus as tonnes of discarded face masks pile up around the country
  • Many specialist incinerators were built during the Sars crisis and are now on their last legs, experts say

China is struggling to cope with the mountains of medical waste caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Reuters
China is struggling to cope with the mountains of medical waste caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Reuters
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