The masks were tearing while being used and not providing adequate protection for healthcare workers who were wearing them.
The city of Toronto has recalled more than 62,000 masks that were distributed to long term care facilities which have been major centers of coronavirus outbreaks in Canada. The masks were distributed to three long term care facilities, one of which is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.
During a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, city officials stated that over twelve hundred boxes of masks were tearing and not usable.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, City staff said 1,252 boxes containing 50 masks per box — a total of 62,600 masks — were distributed to the municipally-owned long-term care homes on March 28. The masks, which were manufactured in China, were delivered the day before from an unspecified vendor.
“After reports of ripping and tearing, further inspection of the masks determined that the masks ordered did not meet the City’s standard and specifications,” the statement said, adding the masks are being returned to the vendor for a “full refund.”
And yes, you guessed it, they were manufactured in China. The city is being refunded, but that doesn’t do much when there is a global shortage of personal protective gear.
Matthew Pegg, Toronto’s fire chief and general manager of emergency management, said the masks represented around 50 per cent of the City’s inventory of surgical masks. He said there are still two to three weeks worth of useable masks still available for use.
Source: Global News
The defective masks are approximately half of the supply that Toronto has on hand.
In February, the woke Canadian government led by the wokest of scolds, Justin Trudeau, handed over 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China as humanitarian aid.
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