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20,000 face masks donation helping to protect key workers in Perth and Kinross

A donation of 20,000 face masks from the Chinese government is playing its part in protecting key workers in Perth and Kinross during the current coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 1.6 million masks have been gifted to Scotland, and are now being distributed via the Chinese Consulate.

As a result of liaison between Consul General Ma Qiang and Perth Chinese Association chairman Andy Chan, Perth & Kinross Council staff collected the donation of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) late last week and the masks have quickly been put to use to help key workers locally.

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid commented: "The health, safety and wellbeing of our citizens and staff is paramount. We very much appreciate this kind donation of PPE from China which is already benefiting key workers across Perth and Kinross. This reflects the strong relationship and community spirit that we have with our Chinese community in Perth and Kinross, Scotland and around the world, and is another excellent example of people pulling together to respond to and overcome the coronavirus pandemic."