Coronavirus crisis: Fury as Germany LOSES six million medical masks needed to stop virus
With cases rising across the continent, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), has become critical for health experts battling coronavirus. An order of essential equipment was scheduled to arrive in the country on March 20 to supply their medical staff. However, according to Der Spiegel, six million masks disappeared without a trace at an airport in Kenya.
An internal military email confirmed the masks had disappeared at the Kenyan airport before leaving the country.
Federal Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer did not confirm how the masks had been lost in Kenya.
A spokeswoman for the ministry, however, did confirm the loss of the masks but that there was no financial damage as the deal would only have been concluded when the masks arrived in Germany.
The Bundeswehr Procurement Office last week had also sanctioned a deal worth €241million (£221million) had been concluded in order to supply medical professionals.
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Although the procurement office stated it was working to full capacity to get urgent medical supplies, the loss remains a huge blow to Germany’s effort to stop COVID-19.
Despite Germany having 30,357 cases of coronavirus, there have only been a confirmed 130 mortalities at the time of writing.
In comparison, the UK has 6,650 cases with a further 335 mortalities.
Germany has issued strict measures on social distancing and personal hygiene in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Over the weekend, states across the country issued a lockdown to restrict the movement of the public.
Bavaria’s premier, Markus Soder announced the state-wide lockdown last Friday in what he termed a shutdown of public life.
He added: “From midnight tonight for a provisional period of two weeks, there will be
fundamental restrictions on going out.
“We are not locking Bavarians in but we are winding down public life almost completely.
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“The police will monitor and check all of this, anyone who breaks the rules can expect huge fines.”
With the country’s mortality curve flattening, Lothar Wieler, head of the country’s health institute warned he could not confirm whether the policy had worked just yet.
He said: “We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly.
“But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday.”
In Spain and Italy, however, the mortality rates have continued to rise.
Spain has recorded 2,182 mortalities in the country while in Italy there have been 6,077 despite the strict measures put in place at the time of writing.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.
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