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China sends 25,633 medics to battle novel coronavirus in Hubei

Updated: Feb 15,2020 03:36 PM    Xinhua

WUHAN — A total of 217 medical teams with 25,633 medical workers had been sent to Central China's Hubei province to help combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of Feb 14, a senior official with the National Health Commission said on Feb 15.

"The total number of medical workers has far exceeded that for rescue in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, and we did it at a much faster speed," in treatment, deputy head of the commission, said at a video press conference held in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei province.

Wang, also member of the standing committee of the Hubei provincial Party committee, noted that the figure excluded medical staff sent by the military.

Three mobile P3 laboratories were also dispatched to the epicenter for epidemic control, Wang said.

Of the medical workers, 20,374 are now working in Wuhan, he added.

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