DPP lawmakers donate 2,300 protective gowns to Osaka


TAIPEI (CNA) — A group of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators have donated 2,300 protective medical gowns to Osaka to help authorities in the Japanese city cope with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), DPP Legislator Kuo Kuo-wen (郭國文) said Tuesday.

The 2,300 protective gowns were shipped by air Monday and should be received by the Osaka government in the next two days, said Kuo, who is also the head of an East Asia parliamentary friendship group, at a news conference.

Taiwan’s demand for protective gowns is limited because there has not been community-level transmission of coronavirus in the country, while Osaka is in urgent need of them, Kuo said.

DPP Legislator Chou Chun-mi (周春米) said Taiwan has achieved a lot in the fight of coronavirus and is willing to extend a helping hand at critical moments.

The lawmakers also linked the donation to Taiwan’s desire to join the World Health Organization (WHO), a regular theme of the publicity campaign highlighting its donations of various supplies.

DPP lawmaker Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) noted that Japan has expressed public support for Taiwan to participate in the WHO, and that based on those close ties he supported shipping protective gowns to Japan to deepen bilateral relations.

Also attending the news conference was Nishiumi Shigehiro, the deputy representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, who thanked the lawmakers for their goodwill and assistance and expressed gratitude on behalf of the Japanese government for Taiwan’s donation.

Taiwan has reported 429 confirmed cases of COVID-6 and six deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, while Japan has reported 13,614 cases and 385 deaths. A total of 1,521 of those have been in Osaka, with 29 deaths.