Taiwan to donate 10 million masks to virus-affected countries

04/01/2020 11:26 AM
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President Tsai Ing-wen
President Tsai Ing-wen

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Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwan will donate 10 million face masks to countries that are being seriously affected by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday.

In a speech delivered at the Presidential Office, Tsai said Taiwan has increased its production of face masks, giving the country the ability to provide masks to countries that are experiencing major escalations in the COVID-19 contagion.

On Tuesday, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs announced Taiwan's daily surgical mask output has hit 13 million.

The current daily output is more than four times the amount that Taiwan was capable of producing in early February, when Taiwan produced an average of 3.2 million surgical masks per day.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) indicated that diplomatic allies, the United States and European countries would be among those who would get the masks, but he did not say when the masks would be donated.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Frances Huang)

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