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Two Taiwanese groups donated surgical masks to help fight COVID-19



MANILA - Two Taiwanese groups in the Philippines helped the government and hospitals by donating surgical face masks amid COVID-19 pandemic. Medical supplies are in such need for frontliners in battling the virus.

Over 5,000 surgical face masks had been donated by The Taiwanese Compatriot Association in the Philippines to the Department of health.

TCAP Supervisor Edison Lin said that they are going to give a total of 10,000 masks, but they just given the first batch due to supply issues, they assure that the second batch will be handed soon.

This kind deed is not just about fighting the virus but also having a good relationship between the people of Taiwan and the Philippines.

TCAP Vice President Jack Hsieh said that the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted the lives of people in the Philippines, including Taiwanese businessmen, especially in Metro Manila.

"Everyone is confined at home due to the community quarantine measures," said Hsieh, who runs a Taiwanese fast food chain in the Philippines. "We can't work. Workers who receive their salary on a weekly basis and have no savings may run short of cash soon."

He said Taiwanese businessmen in the Philippines are doing their best to help.

"For instance, our company has just distributed food packs and other daily necessities to our employees," Hsieh said.

Meanwhile, the Taiwanese Association Philippines (TAP), a group of Taiwanese businessmen, on Tuesday donated 10,000 surgical masks to the Philippine General Hospital, one of the medical facilities designated by the government as a COVID-19 treatment center.

The donations by the two Taiwanese groups come at a time when the Philippines is facing a serious shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers, as COVID-19 continues to surge here.

According to CNN, at least 17 doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle in the Philippines had died as of March 31, with the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) citing a lack of protective equipment as one of the possible reasons.

As of Thursday, the Philippines had reported over 2,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 96 deaths.


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  1. It is really great to know. In this pandemic situation, disposable mask is, at least, needed item to be protected from initial exposure of viruses.

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