Officials in Germany are tracking down six million face masks meant for the protection of health workers, which have gone missing in a Kenyan airport.
The shipment which was ordered by German customs authorities, was set to arrive in the country on March 20 but never arrived after disappearing at the end of last week.
A German defence ministry spokeswoman while speaking to newsmen said authorities are unaware of why the masks, produced by a German firm, are in Kenya.
“The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” the spokeswoman said.
Another government source is quoted as saying, “Whether this [is] a matter of theft or a provider who isn’t serious, is being cleared up by customs.”
Meanwhile, Kenya’s health ministry has declined to comment on the issue and a Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) spokeswoman said the situation was being assessed.
Germany is preparing its hospitals and health workers for a big increase in admissions of patients with the virus. It has 27,436 confirmed coronavirus cases and 114 people have died, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said.