A cargo of half a million surgical masks sent by the Taiwanese authorities as a sign of solidarity during the coronavirus epidemic has arrived in Warsaw under the auspices of the 'Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping' campaign.
The southern Polish city of Kielce has received 12,000 protective masks from Taizhou, its Chinese partner city, announced the mayor of Kielce, Bogdan Wenta.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday that the country had offered 10 million protective masks to those countries severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Poland's PKN Orlen fuel company has designated PLN 60 million (EUR 13.2 million) for the purchase of 7 million face masks. The first batch of around 1.6 million masks arrived in Poland on Monday, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek said.
With a single mask taking 2.5 hours to print, Zielona Góra couple Łukasz Więcek and his wife Justyna have already printed over 150 of them and are now aiming at over 1,000.
Warsaw's Vietnamese community is collecting face masks and protective gloves for hospital staff to aid the government in combatting the coronavirus epidemic. Vietnamese restaurants are also providing free meals.
The Italian Embassy in Poland tweeted on Monday that the delivery of masks to Italy would soon be carried out without major problems, and thanked the Polish authorities for their cooperation in "these difficult moments for Italy."
Across the country people and firms are working together to get protective masks to the people who really need them.
Famed for his illustrations and magnificent theatrical mask, the work and legacy of Benda still lives on.