Su defends ban on mask exports

KAOHSIUNG WARNING: A man who was the second confirmed 2019-nCoV case in Taiwan was at the Jin Bali Grand Ballroom on Wednesday without a mask

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 26, 2020
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

“To save others, you must save yourself first,” Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday as

Premier Su Tseng-chang speaks to reporters yesterday during a visit to the Jieyun Temple in New Taipei City’s Banciao District.
Photo: Chiu Shu-yu, Taipei Times

he defended the government’s decision to ban exports of N95 respirators and other masks for one month.

To ensure local supply of masks amid fears that the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) could spread domestically, the Customs Administration on Friday banned exports of all masks made of woven materials until Feb. 23.

The ban came in the wake of the worsening 2019n-CoV outbreak, as China first tried to conceal the disease, and has performed poorly in trying to contain it, Su said.

The government’s decision has drawn criticism, with media personality Joyce Huang (黃智賢) calling Su “inhumane” on Facebook for formulating the ban.    [FULL  STORY]

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