BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is encouraging producers of protective suits for medical use to export to meet overseas demand as the coronavirus spreads outside the country, a government official said Wednesday.

Cao Xuejun, a senior official at China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, made the comment at a press briefing in Beijing.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Himani Sarkar)