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Voice of America 3 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: 1M Masks Arrive to US from China

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A Boeing jet belonging to the New England Patriots football team unloads a shipment of over one million face masks from China to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Boston, Massachusetts, Thursday, April 2.

The masks will be used in Boston and New York will be used by front-line health care workers to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The effort came after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered 1.7 million masks from China but had no way to get them from Shenzen back to the Boston area.

A private jet was needed to expedite the shipment that would have otherwise taken weeks to arrive as hospitals in hard-hit regions of the country struggle to access desperately needed supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Worldwide, the number of cases has topped 1 million, with at least 54,000 deaths.

(Reuters/VOA)


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