A consignment of twelve tonnes of protective materials has arrived to ensure the safety of staff providing essential services, as well as users. This is the first delivery of various orders placed by the city and will cover needs for roughly the next four weeks.
The material includes 600,000 surgical masks, 5,000 protective suits, 12,000 pairs of goggles and 9,600 caps.
The materials will be used by staff providing the following essential services:
- Health support
- Social services
- City police
- Fire services
- Cleaning services
- Care workers
The materials were sent from the Chinese city of Shanghai. The acquisition was possible thanks to the collaboration of the city’s Chinese community, which helped provide contacts.
Other Chinese cities with agreements with Barcelona have confirmed they will be donating medical and healthcare materials, for instance, 150,000 masks, which will be arriving in the next few weeks.
Besides direct purchases of materials, the channel for entities, companies and individuals to donate masks, disinfectants and industry-approved protective suits remains open, helping in the fight against Covid-19.