At least six million face masks that had been procured by the German army to aid in protection against the coronavirus have reportedly gone missing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Kenya.
According to German media outlet Der Spiegel, it is suspected that either Kenyan criminals stole the shipment for sale here or the manufacturer changed their mind and decided to make a killing selling them him/herself in Kenya as they are presently on demand.
The protective masks, type FFP2, were expected to arrive in Germany on March 20 as they were urgently needed by medical personnel in the country in combating Covid-19.
“…the goods disappeared at the airport in Kenya,” a source at the military told the paper, adding that the masks manufacturer has since been asked to “explain the circumstances and events.”
Germany has however suffered no financial loss as payment for the masks was supposed to be made on delivery.
The value of the shipment also still remains unknown.