Romania sends NATO cargo plane to pick up S. Korean virus protective gear
26 March 2020

Romania sends NATO cargo plane to pick up S. Korean virus protective gear

SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- Romania has sent a NATO aircraft to South Korea to pick up protective gear it plans to use to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, military and diplomatic sources here said Wednesday. The C-17 heavy military cargo plane landed at Incheon International Airport, just west of Seoul, earlier in the day. After a brief stay, it took off from the airport, the main gateway of South Korea. "Romania mobilized a NATO cargo plane to transport protective gear," a foreign ministry official said. The plane, known to be based in Hungary, seems to have used the civilian airport since it was on a non-military mission. Romania, one of 29 members of the North Atlantic military alliance, has reported 726 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with eight deaths, according to its health authorities. The country has signed a contract with a South Korean firm for the supply of 20,000 coronavirus testing kits, the ministry said. lcd@yna.co.kr (END)