A cargo plane at Brest-Bretagne airport, March 10, 2020 (illustration image). - AFP

5.5 million medical masks from China are expected at Roissy airport on Sunday, the day after the government announced a massive order for equipment against the Covid-19. An Air France plane must land on the tarmac at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in the late afternoon. Coming from Shanghai, he has on board nearly 100 tonnes of medical equipment, the airline confirmed.

On Saturday, the government announced the establishment of an air bridge with China to safely transport cargoes of masks, which caregivers are sorely lacking to protect themselves from the epidemic of coronavirus. France has thus ordered "more than a billion" of these masks, detailed the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, specifying that the nursing staff needed 40 million masks per week.

Other planes expected at Paris-Vatry

Other flights are expected in the coming days to transport this essential protective equipment. Paris-Vatry (Marne) airport, which has a cargo area dedicated to freight, awaits "a first flight tomorrow (Monday), then a series of flights spread over a fortnight initially," with at least a daily flight by wide-body aircraft, Antonov-124 aircraft, said the site's communications department.

They "will transport an average of 100 tonnes of cargo each, with masks and medical equipment in varying quantities" from China, added this source, adding that each plane will contain at least ten million masks.

According to government figures, France produces 8 million masks every week, which makes it essential to import these medical materials.


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