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Taiwan turns over 300,000 face masks to Philippines


Taiwan on Wednesday turned over 300,000 face masks to the Philippine government to help the country fight the deadly coronavirus.

The medical masks were received by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Vice Chairman Gilberto Lauengco from Taiwan government representative to Manila Michael Hsu.

MECO, on behalf of the Philippine government, thanked Taiwan for its assistance in addressing the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has recorded 5,453 cases and 349 deaths.

The donation, according to MECO, would be a welcome reinforcement for hospital frontliners, who are experiencing a shortage of medical supplies.

So far, Taiwan has donated a total of one million masks to several countries in Europe and Asia, including the Philippines, as part of global efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, the Taiwanese Compatriots Association in the Philippines on April 3 donated over 5,000 surgical face masks to the Philippines’ Department of Health and has pledged to donate more in the coming weeks.

The Taiwanese Association in the Philippines also supplied the Philippine General Hospital with 10,000 surgical masks. — BM, GMA News

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