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An aircraft with a batch of tests for coronavirus arrived in Ukraine from China

23 March 2020 - 01:50

An aircraft with a batch of tests for coronavirus arrived in Ukraine from China

An IL-76 aircraft of the Ukrainian Armed Forces delivered a batch of tests for coronavirus to Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) from Chinese Guangzhou.

The military aircraft has delivered two types of tests to Ukraine: for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and 250 thousand tests for rapid diagnostics. The delivered cargo also included medical masks of various degrees of protection, disinfectants, ventilators and other means necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Once the disinfection measures are completed, the aircraft will be unloaded by the health service.

Medical equipment, including PCR tests, will be transferred to laboratories in every region of Ukraine already on Monday.

Rapid tests and medical masks will be provided for the primary needs of doctors, servicemen, police officers, the State Border Service and others.

Rapid tests will be used by emergency teams to test people with fever and suspected coronavirus disease. In case of a positive test result, doctors must take an additional sample to confirm it in the laboratory using a PCR test.

The purchase of medicines in China was carried out pursuant to the agreements of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and representatives of big businesses. The delivery process was coordinated by MPs from the Servant of the People party and government officials.

This is only the first shipment of medical supplies from China. A few more flights are scheduled this week.