First flight carrying PPE has landed in Dublin Airport

30 Mars, 2020, 19:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Aer Lingus

A flight carrying nearly €30m in personal protective equipment for healthcare workers has landed at Dublin Airport this afternoon.

The Aer Lingus Airbus A330 touched down at Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon from Beijing in China.

It is the first of 10 flights to Beijing to deliver PPE to Ireland as part of a €208m deal.

NI Finance Minister Conor Murphy last week said a "significant consignment" of PPE would be sent from China after a joint order by the Irish government and the Stormont executive.

According to the latest figures, 21 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, and 46 have died in the Republic.

It contains 11 million protective masks, 2.3 million eye protectors, 2.4 million gowns and nine million gloves.

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"We would normally procure 500,000 masks a year", he said on Sunday.

"This year, up to the the end of May with our delivery we're planning to procure over 36 million masks". On eye protections, we normally procure 200,000 a year; we'll be procuring 24.4 million.

"And gloves, we normally procure 4m and our plan is to procure 56m".

The first flight has attracted much public attention, with officials from both China and Ireland providing regular Twitter updates on its progress.

"Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris was also among the first to thank those involved for their efforts, praising the 'huge teamwork to secure this equipment and to sort logistics".

"There is a shortage of personal protective equipment right throughout the world".

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