IZMIR, Turkey

China has put in orders for a total of 200 million protective face masks from Turkish medical firms over the past 10 days, as the country wrestles an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Anadolu Agency reached out to a stakeholder, Fatih Arpaci, in a medical firm based in Turkey’s western province.

Arpaci said as a “surprising” turnout of events, Chinese firms ordered a total of 200 million face masks in one go.

“It is surprising to us as China is one of the biggest face mask producers in the world. Turkey produces a total of 150 million face

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