NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The United Nations is giving a quarter of a million personal protective masks to New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio helped load the much-needed medical equipment into a truck Saturday.

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U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the 250,000 masks were just found in U.N. storage facilities.

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The masks will be distributed to medical professionals across the city working on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight.