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Medical workers from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces arrive at Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, on Jan 7, 2021. [Photo by Zhang Yu/for chinadaily.com.cn]

A medical team from Zhejiang province rushed to the cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai in Hebei province on the evening of Jan 7 to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local authorities spent less than two hours organizing a task force after they received the order from national authorities.

The task force took a chartered flight at 8 pm with 25 sets of testing equipment and 250,000 nucleic acid testing kits.

The team consists of 103 people divided into five groups.

The members come from the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention and six provincial and municipal hospitals in Hangzhou, Ningbo, Jiaxing, Huzhou, and Shaoxing.

The latest resurgence of the virus in Hebei started on Jan 2, when a 61-year-old woman in rural Gaocheng District in Shijiazhuang was diagnosed with COVID-19.

By Thursday, Hebei had 123 confirmed locally transmitted cases in hospitals, with five of them in severe condition. There are 181 locally transmitted asymptomatic cases currently under medical observation, the provincial health commission said. All of the cases are located in the cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai.

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