CHINA China disposes of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste amid epidemic


China disposes of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste amid epidemic


17:17, March 17, 2020

Workers transfer medical waste at Wuhan Beihu Yunfeng Environmental Technology Co Ltd in Qingshan district of Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, March 4, 2020. (Photo/Xinhua)

BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- China has disposed of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste since late January amid the fight against the novel coronavirus disease, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment

China's medical waste disposal capacity has reached 6,058.8 tonnes per day, up from 4,902.8 tonnes each day before the epidemic outbreak, MEE said in a statement.

The disposal capacity of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, rose from 180 tonnes per day before the outbreak to 667.4 tonnes, showed the MEE data.

Environmental authorities monitored the country's 17,949 drinking water sources and did not find any impact from the epidemic on the quality of the sources, it said.

The MEE also logged improvement in air quality for 337 cities it has monitored, with the share of good air quality days at 85.7 percent from January 20 to March 14, up 10.1 percentage points year on year.

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