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The regional governments of Madrid and Andalusia have withdrawn tens of thousands of defective masks distributed among their toilets. These professionals are being tested for whether they have been infected with coronavirus by patients seen in recent weeks.
According to reports The countryOnly Andalusia sent 36,350 units to its hospitals, of which 16,048 have been immobilized for now, according to sources from the Board, without specifying the number of medical centers affected. In Madrid, where they could have reached about a dozen hospitals and clinics, the regional executive insists that the deficient protections were not acquired by its central sanitary purchasing service, and ensures that it still ignores its provenance.
The situation in Andalusia is not new, since the new masks replaced a previous batch of the GarryGalaxi brand, which were also defective and forced to isolate more than a thousand toilets
Faced with suspicions of its deficient usefulness against the virus, both the Andalusian Government and the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid forwarded on April 23 to the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSST), masks corresponding to two batches of Chinese brand Purgivor, to measure protection against particle penetration.
As the same media points out, the KN95 Mask model and the Purgivor N99 do not comply with the regulations, according to two INSST documents. The results, which are only valid for the samples tested, give a maximum level of filtering of 30.11%, 34.29% and 30.16% for the KN95 Mask and a minimum of 21.25% and a maximum of 30.27% for Purgivor N99, when the expected values are 20% for the FFP1 mask, 6% for FFP2 and 1% for FFP3.
Sources of the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, the major focus of affectation of these masks, their workers realized, “at first glance”, that they did not meet the technical requirements and requested their removal, something to which the Ministry has agreed autonomic, as in other centers.