Local businessman donates more than 200,000 masks to Portugal

Macau businessman Wu Zhiwei, who produces wines in Portugal, will donate more than 200,000 masks to the Portuguese Ministry of Health, as part of the fight against Covid-19, the company told Lusa.

The donation from the owner of Quinta da Marmeleira, in Alenquer, is intended for health professionals, and is therefore directed to guardianship, the source said. “The masks, with the proper certification for medical supplies, were purchased in China”.

The objective is “to help protect frontline personnel in the fight against the disease in Portugal”, namely at Hospital de São João, in Porto, and at Hospital Santa Maria, in Lisbon, among other public institutions, it added.

Launched in 2015, Quinta da Marmeleira, about 50 kilometers north of Lisbon, produces over 200 thousand bottles of wine, in a project that turned out to be a factor in combating unemployment in the area.

In Portugal, the Directorate-General for Health recorded 380 deaths and 13,141 infected. Of those infected, 1,211 are hospitalized, 245 of whom are in intensive care units, and there are 196 patients who have recovered.

Portugal, where the first confirmed cases were registered on March 2nd, is in a state of emergency from 00:00 on March 19th until the end of April 17th.