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17 March 2020, 16:04

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LPR factory promptly launches production of face masks

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LUGANSK, March 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Lugansk People’s Republic factory has expeditiously launched the production of facemasks, LPR First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Govtvin said.

Govtvin, together with LPR acting Industry and Trade Minister Irina Derkach visited the Alchevskspetsodezhda clothing factory on Tuesday.

“The LPR Head signed the high alert decree; we are visiting the Alchevsk clothing factory which launched the production of face masks,” he said. “It currently makes 2,000 marks per day. We’ll step up the production at the Bryanka clothing factory, so we’ll cope with the task set by the LPR Head.”

Govtvin said that the Republic had not confirmed coronavirus cases in its territory and that the production of face mask was a preventive measure.

“We are in a proactive mode. Yesterday, 1,500 masks were produced, today’s output is 2,000 and we’ll continue to increase it. We have enough material and steady supply. The process will run non-stop. Masks will be delivered to pharmacies (operated by the Lugmedfarm state-owned enterprise) and hospitals,” the LPR first deputy prime minister said.  

He said that the Republic would produce as many face masks as was needed, with the price per mask in the range between 18 and 20 rubles.

Factory director Alla Smirnov said that it had taken just a few days to arrange face mask production.

“We got an order for face mask several days ago, and we switched over in two days. It’s important because all population is worried that pharmacies might run out of masks.”

The face mask has two layers of 100 percent cotton with tie-ons. It is reusable and can be washed, ironed or sterilized,” the director said.

LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik ordered high alert in the Republic in connection with the threat of spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection.

The World Health Organisation called the COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. The first coronavirus infection cases were recorded in China in late 2019.  As of now, the number of coronavirus cases exceeded 182,000; of those more than 7,000 died and over 79,000 recovered and were discharged from hospitals. Coronavirus cases were reported in Ukraine and Russia. No coronavirus cases were recorded in the LPR.

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 March — Lugansk