Taiwan could boost daily mask output to 19 million by mid-May

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/28/2020
By: Wu Po-wei, Chen Yi-hsuan, Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin

CNA file photo.

Taipei, April 28 (CNA) Taiwan could see its surgical face mask production top 19 million per day by mid-May after 22 additional production lines went into operation, Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Tuesday.

Speaking during a radio interview, he said that the 19 million daily output is only a conservative estimate, expressing optimism that the 22 additional production lines could exceed that number once they are running smoothly.

Taiwan currently produces 17 million masks a day on 92 lines, according to Shen.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan was only capable of producing 1.8 million masks per day, but through the government's initiative to install additional machines needed to boost production, daily output has surpassed the 10 million mark after mid-March.    [FULL  STORY]

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