URUMQI, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has donated medical supplies to the neighboring countries of Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to aid their fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday noon, a truck carrying five ventilators, 2,000 protective suits, 20,000 medical masks and 2,400 nucleic acid testing kits left the Khunjerab Pass for the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, according to the Urumqi customs in the regional capital.
The Khunjerab Pass only opens from April 1 to Nov. 30 every year. To ensure the rapid customs clearance of medical supplies, Xinjiang temporarily opened the pass and provided a green channel to release medical supplies.
Besides, a truck loaded with 180,000 medical masks headed to Kazakhstan via Xinjiang Horgos Port on Thursday. The masks, donated by the Urumqi city government, would be delivered to Almaty. On the same day, another batch of medical supplies, consisting of 10,000 respirators, 100,000 medical masks and 1,000 protective suits, departed from the Turgar Port to Kyrgyzstan.
Prior to this, Xinjiang had donated 380,000 medical masks to eight countries including Pakistan to help with the fight against the pandemic. The seven others were the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Algeria.