BONO HAS reached out to South Korean president Moon Jae-in to ask for help with Ireland’s ongoing fight against coronavirus.
According to the president’s office, the U2 frontman penned a letter asking South Korea for help in sourcing essential personal protective equipment (PPE).
A tweet posted by the office and reported by RTE said: “The letter has arrived from Bono – leader of rock band U2.
“Humanitarian activist Bono, the lead vocalist of U2 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, recently sent a letter to President Moon Jae-in.
“It was about asking for help to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. We will deliver a written briefing by spokesman Kang Min-suk.”
Last week, U2 pledged to donate €10 million to frontline healthcare workers battling coronavirus in Ireland.
The funding will be spent on PPE and other support for frontline staff.
U2’s Bono has written to Moon Jae-in asking for help in tackling the #COVID19 19 outbreak in Ireland - a/c to the office of the SK President. It said that Bono has asked South Korea for PPE, medical equipment and diagnostic kits & said he would pay for it himself.
— Jackie Fox (@jackiefox_) April 12, 2020
Bono previously met with Moon Jae-in last December, following U2’s first-ever concert in South Korea.
The Irish musician is among those to have hailed South Korea’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Once the source of the world’s second-largest outbreak of COVID-19, the virus has been largely brought under control in the region.
South Korea’s success has stemmed from a focus on testing and isolating individuals with the virus.
To date, 10,512 confirmed cases have been reported in the Asian region with just 214 deaths.
By comparison, Ireland has 8,928 confirmed cases and 320 deaths.