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Nearly 6 million masks destined for Germany lost in Kenya

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 24, 2020
Nearly six million medical masks recently purchased by Germany have disappeared at an airport in Kenya, Der Spiegel reported on its website on Tuesday.
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German Defense Ministry has confirmed that authorities have begun an investigation into the incident, but did not provide any further details.

Topics: Germany Kenya

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.