China’s coastal city donates 700,000 masks to Europe, Japan

People in the UK are choosing to wear face masks amid fears of the virus. Photo: EPA. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


FUZHOU, Mar 22, 2020, Xinhua. The city of Fuqing, eastern China’s Fujian Province, will ship 700,000 donated face masks to countries including Italy, Britain and Japan to help overseas Chinese fight COVID-19, according to local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The face masks were donated by enterprises and charitarians of the city, where over 1.6 million overseas Chinese are from.

As the spread of the disease has become a pandemic, a number of countries and regions are running short of protective supplies including face masks, protective suits and disinfectants.

He Wenjin, who is in charge of the city’s overseas Chinese affairs, said overseas Chinese of Fuqing origin tried every means to purchase protective materials and mail them back to support their hometown to fight the epidemic, and now it is time to requite their love as overseas cases rose fast.

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