Coronavirus: Switzerland uses 3.5 million face masks per day

Coronavirus: Switzerland uses 3.5 million face masks per day
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Between the health sector and commuters on public transport, Switzerland uses an estimated 3.5 million masks per day.

Estimates from the Federal Office of Public Health show that 3.5 million masks are used and disposed of each day, 1.5 to 2 million of which come from the healthcare sector. 

In one month, Switzerland uses 105 million masks. 

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Masks were made compulsory on public transport across the country in Monday, June 6th, while some cantons also required masks in shops and supermarkets. 

The vast majority of masks used in Switzerland are imported from China, with around 70 percent coming from there. 

The rest are largely made in neighbouring European countries. 

READ: Everything you need to know about Switzerland's new compulsory mask requirement 

As yet, there are no Swiss masks on the market.

The first batch has been completed several weeks ago but failed certification by Tüv Nord, the German body which approves masks for public use. 

 


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