OREANDA-NEWS. China exported more than 220 billion protective masks in 2020 to more than 200 countries and regions, Deputy Minister of Commerce Qian Keming said using the press service. According to him, 2.3 billion protective suits and 1 billion sets of reagents for tests were also exported. The official noted, that China is actively developing «it's advantage as the largest supplier of anti-epidemic goods».

In 2020, the Chinese economy grew by 2.3%. The economic growth rate was the lowest in more than four decades. However, China is probably the only major global economy to show growth amid the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the US GDP for 2020 fell by 3.5% the most significant reduction since 1946. Russian GDP declined by 4% last year.

Over the past day, 94 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were detected in China. This is stated on January 29 in the statement of the State Committee of the People's Republic of China on health Issues. 42 SARS-CoV-2 carriers were ill without symptoms. To detect such infected people, smears for the COVID-19 coronavirus there have now begun to be taken rectally.