An airplane from China with 500,000 masks to help Greece fight the Coronavirus outbreak landed at Athens International Airport on Saturday.
Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias was among those at the airport who received the cargo donated by the Chinese public electricity company State Grid and the Greek electricity supplier Admie, in which the Chinese company holds a 25 percent stake.
The cargo consisted mainly of FFP2 masks, which are mainly distributed to hospitals, airport officials said.
Beijing and Athens have been building important business relationships for over a decade, particularly after the sale of most of the terminals in the port of Piraeus (near Athens) to the Chinese shipping giant Cosco.
With the health system suffering from chronic problems and the economy still creaking after a long-lasting debt crisis, Greece faces a shortage of medical equipment, especially masks.
COVID-19 has killed ten people in the country in the past nine days, with 495 cases registered. Screening tests were mainly performed on people suspected of carrying the virus.
After the first death on March 12, the government took strict measures to limit unnecessary movements, from closing educational institutions, parks, and entertainment venues to banning gatherings of more than 10 people.
The Department of Civil Protection has instructed people to stay at home and warns that a full ban will be imposed if their recommendations are ignored.
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