Belize: The Taiwan Embassy in Belizedonated 5,000 made in Taiwan surgical masks to the Belize Customs and Excise Department on 19 May 2021.
The masks were handed over by – David Kuan-Chou Chien, – Taiwan’s ambassador to Belize, to Estella Bailey Leslie – Comptroller of the Belize Customs and Excise Department, to aid in protecting the frontline customs officers as they carry out their duties at the borders and the Philip Goldson International Airport.
This is the second donation presented to the Customs Department of Belize island. Last year in the month of June, the Embassy handed over – 10,000 made in Taiwan surgical masks and twenty-five infrared forehead thermometers.
Following the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belize, Taiwan has delivered numerous donations of medical equipment to the government of Belize, including surgical masks, N-95 masks, infrared forehead thermometers, isolation gowns, protective clothing, automatic nucleic acid – PCR analyzers, PCR testing kits, and nasal swabs, in support of the efforts of the government of Belize and the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Belize to hold the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most latterly, the Embassy handed over additional medical equipment and supplies to the Minister of Health and Wellness of Belize – Michel Chebat on April 29, 2021.
The Embassy officials presented a statement and stated that “The embassy appreciates Belize’s staunch support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization – WHO and its annual assembly, its meetings, mechanisms, and other activities.”
“Through its embassy in Belize, the government of Taiwan would continue to work closely with its partners in the government of Belize to overcome this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Belize reported eight new COVID-19 cases on 19 May 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, the island reported a total of 12,753 COVID-19 cases out of which 12,346 people have been recovered from the deadly mutant and so far, the nation reported 323 deaths due to the Coronavirus.