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Russia, Cuba And China Leading War On COVID-19 In Italy

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On March 26, a Chinese medical team arrived in Milan, Italy. It consists of 14 medical experts. The plane also delivered 8 tonnes of donated medical supplies, including ventilators, medical monitor complexes and face masks.

This was the third Chinese medical team deployed in Italy. The previous Chinese team deployed in the country consisted of 37 doctors and paramedics with 20 tons of equipment. Over 70 Chinese medics are currently working in the country to assist it in the war on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Additionally, 37 Cuban doctors and 15 nurses (described by La Repubblica as the “most simpatico”) arrived from Cuba on March 22 to help with coronavirus treatment. They had previously battled Ebola in Africa.

The biggest foreign medical team deployed in Italy is the Russian one. The Russian Defense Ministy sent a large number of medical supplies, equipment, and specialists to the country by at least 15 flights of IL-76 military transport aircraft. According to official reports, the deployed Russian COVID-19 response team includes at least 100 viral agent defense experts, 8 mobile medical teams and dozens of pieces of various medical equipment. The estimated number of Russian personnel involved in the operation is up to 500.

The equipment (estimated number up to 50) include the Supotnitskiy M.V. Multifunctional Mobile Module Complex for Analysis of Pathogenic Biological Materials (Agents). It is a multifunctional mobile module complex for analysis of pathogenic biological materials (agents) (MKA PBA) and for the support of the decisions of the operational groups of the Ministry of Defense of Russia in case of biological emergencies.

Russia, Cuba And China Leading War On COVID-19 In Italy

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The complex provides life support of the crew during 14 days and nights of autonomous work. The equipment of the complex allows to reveal and identify up to 25 agents of infectious diseases: plague, anthrax, glanders, melioidosis, cholera, typhoid, brucellosis, legionellosis, tularemia, orthopoxvirus diseases, Q fever, rabies, Rift Valley fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Marburg fever, Ebola fever, Lassa fever, Machupo fever, West Niles fever, epidemic nephritis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Dengue haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis.

In case of the absence of any stationary operational bases, MKA PBA can provide the fulfilling sanitary-epidemiological requirements SP 1.3.3118-13 “Security work with microorganisms I-II pathogenicity groups (hazard)”.

The complex can reveal pathogenic biological agents in no less than 20 samples simultaneously with probability 0,95. The duration of the preliminary analysis and the evaluation of biological environment in the emergency zone is no less than 15 minutes. The alleged service life of the complex is 12 years.

The Russian team is currently working in Bergamo, where it desinfected 2,000km2 during the past 24 hours. Every of the 8 deployed mobile medical teams is set to provide support to 7-9 facilities adapted by local authorities to assist eldery people with COVID-19 disease. Therefore, the total number of medical facilities in Bergamo that receives the Russian support is over 60.

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