German custom officials have reported that 6 million face masks which were ordered to protect health workers from the coronavirus, have gone missing at an airport in Kenya.
“The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” a German defense ministry spokeswoman said.
“What exactly happened, whether this a matter of theft or a provider who isn’t serious, is being cleared up by customs,” a German government source said, asking not to be named.
Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) spokeswoman also said that investigations had found nothing so far.
The shipment was said to have been due in Germany on March 20 but it never arrived after mysteriously disappearing at the end of last week at an airport in Kenya. It was also unclear why the masks, produced by a German firm, had been in Kenya.
Germany was said to have placed orders worth 241 million euros ($260.57 million) with suppliers for protective and sanitary equipment to fight the novel coronavirus.
Although , the defense ministry spokeswoman said there was no financial impact from the loss of the masks as no money had been paid.