Poland receives medical supplies from China to help combat virus

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A plane from China carrying protective gear for Polish medical services dealing with the coronavirus epidemic has landed in Warsaw, the press office of the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, within the framework of Chinese humanitarian aid, the Chinese government provided 10,000 COVID-19 certified diagnostic tests, as well as 20,000 N-95 face masks, 5,000 protective suits, medical gloves and other protective materials necessary to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz thanked his Chinese counterpart for the support, a ministry statement reads. Czaputowicz also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for societies around the world, which means that this is a responsibility that all countries have to face together.

The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fatigue. It is suspected that coronavirus infection, which can lead to life-threatening pneumonia, first occurred in China at the end of 2019 at a market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.