Six million covid-19 masks belonging to Germany missing Kenya
London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nearly six million medical masks recently purchased by Germany have disappeared at an airport in Kenya, Der Spiegel a weekly German news magazine reported on its website on Tuesday.
German customs are now trying to resolve the misery surrounding the disappearance of the face masks, ordered to protect health workers from the coronavirus
“The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” a German defence ministry spokeswoman said, confirming a report first published by Spiegel Online.
A Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) spokeswoman said investigations had found nothing so far.
The FFP2 masks, which filter out more than 90% of particles, were ordered by German customs authorities. They and the armed forces procurement office have been helping the health ministry to get hold of urgently needed protective gear.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government had recently ordered nearly €241 million ($262 million) worth of medical masks, other protective equipment, and material to cope up with a potential shortage amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Due to arrive in the country on March 20, the missing mask shipment was one of the first major deliveries needed to gird Germany’s health system, Spiegel reported.
Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, after Italy and Spain.
According to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resources Centre, Germany has so far reported 30,150 cases and 130 deaths.
The coronavirus, first emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 168 countries and territories.
As many as 387,382 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide, with a death toll reaching to 16,767.