Business Insider reports the Dutch government has recalled over half a million face masks it imported from China after discovering that they were faulty.
The Netherlands said on Saturday that it had asked its hospitals to return around 600,000 face masks which health professionals are using to treat patients of the coronavirus.
“The mouth masks that are not satisfactory have been retrieved,” Holland’s Ministry of Health told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
The NOS reported that the faulty masks fail to meet safety requirements because they did not fit on the faces of doctors and nurses and were failing to prevent particles of the COVID-19 virus passing through.
One hospital worker quoted by the NOS said: “When they were delivered to our hospital, I immediately rejected those masks… If those masks do not close properly, the virus particles can simply pass. We do not use them.
“That is unsafe for our people.”
The Los Angeles Times has published an opinion column that has a title that is indistinguishable from China state media propaganda.
The title is “China rises as Trump cedes leadership in coronavirus crisis.”
Doyle McManus is the writer and according to his Twitter bio, Columnist for the Los Angeles Time and director of Georgetown University’s Journalism Program.
McManus writes in the new column:
In the best of all pandemic-ridden worlds, the coronavirus would spur powerful countries to cooperate with one another since everyone is facing the same danger.
Not this time. The United States and China have turned the pandemic into a battle zone in their struggle for global influence.
And so far, the United States is losing ground.