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WHO warns of global shortage of medical supplies

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The World Health Organization has warned of the risk of a global shortage and an increase in the price of protective equipment for physicians struggling with coronavirus.

WHO has asked governments and private companies to increase the production of essential goods by 40%.

In total, 80 countries have encountered a new type of coronavirus, the epidemic of which began in Wuhan, China.

According to the organization, healthcare workers will need 89 million masks, 76 million gloves and 1.6 million pairs of goggles every month. At the same time, as reported in the WHO, in Iran, medical personnel have already faced a lack of basic protective equipment.

The organization also notes that since the onset of the coronavirus epidemic, prices for surgical masks have increased by an average of six times, masks No. 95 (a respirator model recommended in China and other Asian countries) have tripled in price, protective gowns have become twice as expensive.

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