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Coronavirus

China to churn out 100bn masks this year in pandemic's wake

Output jumps 20-fold as government pushes diplomacy and reopening economy

A mask factory operated by Guangzhou Automobile Group: Companies outside the medical sector have joined the effort to meet global demand. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU, China -- Chinese production of face masks is on track to surge to more than 20 times the 2019 total this year amid a scramble to keep up with demand fueled by the coronavirus pandemic.

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