China will help makers of vital goods resume operations as soon as possible - state TV

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SHANGHAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - China said on Sunday it will help firms that produce vital goods resume work as soon as possible, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday, citing a meeting chaired by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Non-essential sectors, however, will be allowed flexibility in how they resume operations after the Lunar New Year holiday as the country seeks to stem spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

CCTV also said China will speed up construction of hospitals in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and ensure sufficient medical supplies to deal with the virus there and in Wuhan city. (Reporting by Roxanne Liu, Leng Cheng and Brenda Goh Editing by Frances Kerry)