France ordered 1 billion masks, mostly from China

French Health Minister Olivier Veran. Photo: Reuters.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran. Photo: Reuters.

In response to the Covid-19 epidemic, France ordered 1 billion masks, mostly from China. The country currently uses 40 million masks each week.

France has ordered more than a billion masks, most of which will come from China, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on March 28. The French government is struggling to increase supplies in the context of the epidemic there is no sign of abating, Reuters said.

The Health Minister said the country uses 40 million masks a week to combat the epidemic and currently has enough storage for only three more weeks.

Doctors, nurses at nursing homes, police and other frontline staff have criticized the shortage of masks in France.

According to a French government report on March 28, the number of confirmed virus cases there increased 4,611 cases in a day, bringing the total number of cases to 37,575.

The latest French government figures also recorded 2,314 deaths due to Covid-19, an increase of 319 deaths compared to the previous day.

France has 4,273 virus infected patients in intensive care.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on March 27 also announced an extension of the national blockade order in an effort to prevent the increase in corona virus infections across France.

“After the first 10 days of blockade, it is clear that this epidemic has just begun. It has engulfed eastern France and is now spreading to Paris and northern France,” said Philippe. For this reason, Philippe said the blockade order that began on March 17 would be extended from Tuesday to April 15.

Businesses must also close under this blockade.


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