Hubei’s medical supply situation improving, but shortages remain: official

FILE PHOTO: Workers in protective suits are seen at a checkpoint for registration and body temperature measurement, at an entrance to a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China February 13, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – The medical supply situation in China’s Hubei, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, has improved, but items such as protective suits remain scarce, a provincial official said at a briefing on Saturday.

Cao Guangjing, the vice governor of Hubei, said that despite the improvements, levels of supplies such as the suits were lower than they should be.

He added that the food inventory in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, was ample and that cross-provincial logistics were smooth.

Hubei will monitor supply of special products, said Qin Jun, an official with the province’s department of commerce, adding that it had one month’s supply of powdered milk for babies.

Qin said that “because of the epidemic control and prevention previously, specialized shops that sell baby milk powder were out of business, causing structural shortage of the milk powder.”

Hubei has 1,600 tonnes of milk powder.

Reporting by Shivani Singh and Cheng Leng. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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