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The Airbus A-350 wide body airliner, from China Eastern, touched down at the cargo zone of the airport, met by a crowd of local professionals from the Italian Red Cross, officials of the Italian Foreign Ministry and representatives from the Chinese Embassy to Italy.
The team was formed by the National Health Commission and the Red Cross Society of China. It is the third professional team dispatched overseas by Chinese authorities following earlier teams dispatched to Iran and Iraq.
The professional corps left Shanghai earlier Thursday, and all the team members and flight crew had passed health checks before boarding the plane, according to the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission.
The team had with them more than 700 pieces of equipment and goods which includes ventilators, monitors and defibrillators.
The Chinese professionals and equipment came two days after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy topped 10,000.
Hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, Italy has strengthened its procedures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and the whole country has been put under quarantine..