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Dutch government rejects hundreds of millions of pieces of protective gear.

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Roughly 308 million pieces of private protective gear purchased by the Dutch government, together with masks, goggles and gloves, have been rejected to be used in hospitals, a spokesman for the Dutch well being ministry mentioned.

As of final week, the government had rejected about 30 million masks it had in inventory.

The rejected gear will principally be offered exterior the European market, the spokesman mentioned. If it’s not doable to promote or donate the objects, they are going to be “processed sustainably,” he added.

The government mentioned it was nonetheless calculating the monetary penalties. According to De Volkskrant, the Dutch newspaper that first reported the determine, the estimated price of the rejected objects is greater than 300 million euros (about $348 million).

The consortium that purchased the gear on behalf of the government labored with “many different information systems,” in accordance with the well being ministry, so “the status of the products wasn’t always clear.”

As a outcome, the well being ministry did a brand new evaluate of the gear, the spokesman mentioned, which discovered that it was not appropriate for hospitals.

The Netherlands just lately reintroduced masks mandates in some public locations, amongst different measures, to attempt to gradual the unfold of the virus and ease the rising strain on the nation’s well being system. Almost 77,000 folks examined constructive over the previous week, in accordance with Dutch government figures. The C.D.C. has deemed the Netherlands “very high risk.”

In the southern province of Limburg, some hospitals warned that they may now not deal with new Covid sufferers, saying in an announcement that they have been “heading straight for a health care blockage, and the entire system is grinding to a standstill.”