Off the wire
Xinhua China news advisory -- June 3  • Garden festival kicks off in Ireland, attracts residents, visitors  • Venezuela sends aid to Cuba after tropical storm Alberto  • Venezuela prepares list of political opponents to be freed from jail  • JSE edges weaker as firmer South African rand pulls down mines  • JSE closes lower as U.S. dollar continues to gain  • JSE closes higher buoyed by banks and general retailers  • Microsoft eyes establishing software start-up in Turkey  • Chinese mainland claims 6 of world's top 100 universities in latest THE rankings  • U.S.-EU trade war could "devastate" Irish whiskey industry: IWA  
You are here:   Environment/

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

Xinhua,March 18, 2020 Adjust font size:

China has disposed of 159,000 tonnes of medical waste since late January amid the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).

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.