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Decathlon gives diving masks to caregivers

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 4, 2020
French sporting goods retailer Decathlon announced that it will donate the remainder of its Subea Easybreath diving mask stock to caregivers and hospitals in Europe for use in the crisis.
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The company, which has a presence in 70 countries, including Turkey, will give 30,000 masks each to hospitals in France and Spain, and 10,000 to hospitals in Italy – all for free.

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Since most factories are shuttered at the moment with shipping at a standstill, the manufacturing of masks has halted. Decathlon's management realizes the critical need for masks, especially in Europe's healthcare facilities, which have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak and a general shortage of supplies.

"We're very proud that these are going to all the people fighting the disease, and all who are helping them," said Xavier Rivoire, head of external communications for Decathlon United.

There is an estimated need nationwide in France for 40 million masks per week. Last week, the government ordered a billion surgical masks from China, and President Emmanuel Macron pledged €4 billion ($4.3 billion) in additional funds on Tuesday morning for medical supplies, masks, and respirators to fight the epidemic.