France burned 1.6 billion masks in anticipation of the epidemic of the coronavirus, as the authorities considered that they are not necessary. It is reported by The Sun.

In the country to combat swine flu and an atypical pneumonia (SARS) was formed out of a billion stocks of medical masks and more than 700 million masks of type FFP2. However, after the publication of research that these diseases are not as dangerous as previously thought, the government decided on the destruction of stockpiles.

At the beginning of the epidemic in the country was only 117 million remedies. The doctors said that masks are not enough for all patients.

According to the latest figures, France recorded more than 186 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus. The country of more than 28 thousand people died in the epidemic, among them 35 doctors.