Taiwan donates 300,000 more face masks to the Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 15 2020 06:45 PM

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Vice Chairman Gilberto Lauengco (R) receives 300,000 medical masks from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Michael Hsu (L) in a turnover ceremony in Manila, April 15, 2020. Courtesy of MECO

MANILA - Taiwan has donated 300,000 more face masks to the Philippines in support of the latter's fight against the fast spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Vice Chairman Gilberto Lauengco received the masks from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Representative Michael Hsu in Manila on Wednesday morning, MECO said in a statement Wednesday.

MECO said Taiwan has donated a total of 1 million face masks to its partner countries, including the Philippines, in support of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwanese groups previously donated at least 15,000 masks to the Department of Health.

Earlier, Tawan reported no new cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than a month, in the latest sign that the island's early and effective prevention methods have paid off.

Taiwan has been lauded by health experts for how it has fought the virus, including starting as early as Dec. 31 checks on passengers arriving from China's Wuhan city, where the first cases were reported late last year.