Military aircraft return from Myanmar after supply deliveryTwo Korean military transport aircraft arrived back from Myanmar on Thursday, completing their mission to bring 80,000 sets of surgical gowns for use in the battle against the new coronavirus, officials said.
The Air Force C-130J planes arrived at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul at around 4 a.m., some 20 hours after departing for the Southeast Asian country. It was the first time that military planes have been mobilized to take commercial goods into the nation.
The gowns are part of what the Seoul government has purchased from a Korean company that runs a production line there and will be transferred to medical facilities across the country to be used at Covid-19 screening centers, according to the Ministry of Defense.
The decision to mobilize the military aircraft came as the national air carrier Korean Air’s route connecting the two countries was suspended over the spread of the novel coronavirus. The government also took advantage of the relatively shorter and simpler screening process for military aircraft given the urgency around the virus situation, according to the officials. Korea has made all-out efforts to contain the coronavirus. As of Thursday, Korea had 8,565 confirmed cases, including 91 deaths, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.