Frontline workers need more medical supplies to treat a surge in pandemic-affected patients on Oct. 31.

The Tianshui Emergency Rescue Association (TERA) desperately want protective clothing, medical shoes, medical hoods, face masks, and more.

Mainland China’s COVID-19 cases have surged in the past 11 consecutive days, exhausting personal protective equipment (PPE) in Tianshui city, Gansu province.

One local who is familiar with situation, and was only identified as Mr. Sun, described the PPE situation as dire.

“TERA is the only registered local rescue organization [and] they have deployed disinfection work in Tianshui city for 13 days, working 16 hours a day,” he said. “Association members were all exhausted. Moreover, in the completely blockaded neighborhoods there are members trapped inside, making human resources even more scarce.”

TERA blamed the current PPE supply shortage for seriously impacting on relief work. Association representatives have asked entrepreneurs and philanthropists for assistance.

“The rescue team sent out a letter asking for help in their charity group,” Sun said. “Later, the Red Cross sent some supplies.”

Multiple workers separately complained about constantly having to disinfect their N95 masks. This caused disinfectant to penetrate mask material and affect the respiratory system.

The Chinese Health Commission confirmed five new cases in Lanzhou city and a further five instances in Tianshui city within 24 hours on Oct. 31. Gansu province had 105 patients, of which 15 were in Tianshui city between Oct. 18 and 31.

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