Beijing to build mask factory in six days


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BEIJING, Feb. 17 (Xinhua/GNA) – Beijing will
convert an industrial building into a new mask factory in six days to meet the
surging demand amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The factory, being constructed by the China
Construction First Group, is expected to produce 250,000 masks per day.

Construction started Monday with workers
alternating shifts to ensure the project is completed by Saturday.

To protect workers from potential infection,
the construction company will take temperatures on a daily basis and set aside
rooms away from the living areas for workers with symptoms, according to Song
Chao, a project manager with the company.

As China battles the epidemic, masks have
been in great demand by medical workers, disease control personnel as well as
the general public.

The government has encouraged medical supply
manufacturers to step up production among other measures to fill in the supply