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Thursday, 18 April 2024 – 21:27

Half a million fluid-resistant gowns flown into Wales

Half a million fluid-resistant gowns have arrived in Cardiff today to support the Welsh response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The gowns, which were flown in on a chartered flight from Hangzhou in China, arrived at Cardiff Airport around 14:00 on Friday. The flight, arranged through Welsh contacts, comes after 200,000 gowns arrived from Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Tuesday.

Speaking on Friday, the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said;

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been working very hard to make sure we continue to have the right supply of PPE for Wales.

“Coronavirus has put supplies under pressure around the world. Today’s flight is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes to secure new supplies of gowns for our frontline workers. Supplies of these gowns have been under particular pressure but these deliveries mean we have established a secure stock for the coming weeks and months.  

“I would like to thank Cardiff Airport, the military and the police for their support with this shipment of PPE, which will help to protect our frontline health and care staff.”

The military played a role in unloading personal protective equipment (PPE) at the airport. 

According to the Welsh Government, the gowns delivered on Friday will provide around three months of supply for health and care services in Wales, and will allow the country to support other parts of the UK if needed.

9,972 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Wales according to the latest figures and 925 people in the country have died with the virus.


Photo Credit: Lewis Clarke under licence (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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