Taiwanese city offers donations to help Italy fight coronavirus pandemic

Italian Catholic missionary who spent more than 50 years in Taiwan initiated the charitable effort

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Yilan City Mayor Chiang Tsung-yuan 

Yilan City Mayor Chiang Tsung-yuan  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Yilan city government has donated NT$100,000 (US$3,300) to Italian Father Giuseppe Didone to help his native country overcome the onslaught of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports said Friday (April 3).

Italy has become one of the nations most affected by the virus outbreak, tallying more than 115,000 coronavirus victims, including more than 13,000 deaths, according to Italian media reports on Thursday (April 2).

Didone, who has spent over 50 years working in Taiwan, said his home region is experiencing shortages of many essential items in the fight against the virus. After Didone asked for outside help, Yilan City Mayor Chiang Tsung-yuan (江聰淵) decided to donate NT$100,000 to the cause.

Yilan's local officeholder praised Didone and his Catholic missionaries for coming to Taiwan while the country’s healthcare system was still in its infancy and for their hard work helping the poor. The Italian priest contributed to the construction of hospitals in the Yilan County city of Luodong and in Penghu County, he said.

Chiang also encouraged other citizens to help out and make donations intended for the purchase of masks and other virus-fighting equipment, CNA reported.