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|In the first three months of this year, the country exported nearly 174 million medical masks of all kinds. Photo: VOV|
The General Department of Vietnam Customs said as many as 35 firms nationwide shipped medical masks abroad in March.
In the first three months of this year, the country exported nearly 174 million medical masks of all kinds, with 64.7 million masks reported in January, 48.08 million in February and 60.72 million last month.
The businesses said the outbreak of COVID-19 in a number of countries has led to a rise in orders, especially from the European and American markets.
|Domestic firms shipped over 1.37 billion medical face masks of various types abroad throughout 2020. Photo: Thanh Nien|
Domestic firms shipped over 1.37 billion medical face masks of various types abroad throughout 2020, the department reported.
December alone witnessed over 30 major local businesses ship medical face masks overseas, with the total export volume reaching approximately 71 million units, representing a sharp decline of 59 percent compared to figures from November.
The volume of export activities returned to normal after May 2020, following a resolution implemented by the Government regarding licensing for the export of medical face masks, with items granted permission to be exported without facing any caps on export quantity.
After these changes came into effect, the country exported more than 181 million and 236 million medical masks in May and June, respectively. Despite this, the export volume of medical masks in July and August endured a downward trajectory caused by a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the nation./.
“Around the world, cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his regular briefing.
“Globally, the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months. This is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic.”
As of April 16, there were 138.5 million cases worldwide, and more than 2.9 million deaths.
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