Forty thousand face masks have been given to two of Cork’s biggest hospitals to protect patients and staff during the Covid-19 global pandemic following donations from China.
Further donations of protective equipment are expected from China in the coming weeks.
Cork City Council presented the facemasks which were donated by partner cities in China.
Up to 21,000 masks have been given to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by Cork City Council, on behalf of the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office and another 19,000 masks have been handed over to the Mercy University Hospital on the behalf of Wenzhou Chamber.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “This donation, at our time of need, illustrates the depth of the relationship between Cork City and China.
"We are truly appreciative of this support and it once more underlines how challenges like Covid-19 can only be overcome by people working together”.
PPE donations have been made by the Ireland Cork Chinese Business Association, the government of Hangzhou, CAJ Senior Care Beijing, Ireland China Science and Technology Association (ICSTA).
These business and government relationships were forged as part of our strong and enduring sister and partner city engagements with Shanghai, Wuxi, Hangzhou and Shenzen.
The donations from China are being given to acute hospitals and other care settings, including nursing homes.