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Taiwan donates 200 oxygen concentrators to COVID-stricken Indonesia

ROC Central News Agency

07/15/2021 02:51 PM

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Taiwan has donated 200 oxygen concentrators for the treatment of severe COVID-19 cases to Indonesia, where daily cases since July have surged to over 20,000, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The devices arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on Monday, and a donation ceremony was held two days later in Taipei, according to MOFA.

At the ceremony, MOFA Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang (田中光) said the donation was made in view of the current COVID-19 challenge Indonesia is facing.

The number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in Indonesia since June because of the highly infectious Delta variant. In just the past 24 hours, the country has registered nearly 47,900 cases, according to World Health Organization data.

Taiwan has been closely monitoring the virus outbreaks in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations, and stands ready to lend its support or share its experience in fighting the disease, Tien said.

Oxygen concentrators produce higher amounts of oxygen for COVID-19 patients whose oxygen levels in their blood have dropped significantly.

MOFA's statement also cited Budi Santoso, the Indonesian representative to Taiwan, as saying at the ceremony that Indonesia's disaster management agency Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) and health authorities will soon distribute the devices to hospitals across the country.

Meanwhile, with all direct flights between Jakarta and Taipei suspended due to the pandemic, a chartered flight arranged by the Taiwanese business community will bring Taiwan's nationals home from Indonesia on July 28, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said on Wednesday.

According to Ou, Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia and business groups across the country have set up a hotline and several emergency centers, respectively, to provide information on medical facilities, medical aid and vaccines, as well as to help arrange doctors' consultations.

The ministry has also received reports that Taiwanese businessmen in different Indonesian regions have come down with the disease, Ou said, but she did not specify.

The Indonesia Taiwan Chambers of Commerce, however, said that as of Tuesday, at least 72 Taiwanese nationals in Indonesia had been infected with COVID-19. Four of them have died and 10 have recovered.

(By Matt Yu, Shih Hsiu-chuan and Teng Pei-ju)


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