The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has announced the start, starting next week, of a massive epidemiological study to map out the real dimensions of the pandemic in Spain.
The study will be carried out by the Carlos III Institute and the INE. 36,000 households have been chosen at random to include 60,000 people. The sample will be representative and will be held in all provinces.
In the next few days, those selected will receive a phone call to make an appointment at the health center or a home visit to undergo the appropriate test. Each person will undergo two tests. Participation in this sampling that will be carried out in successive waves will be voluntary.
The Health Minister has also referred to the case of the purchase of more than 700,000 fake FFP2 masks from the Chinese company Garry Galaxy, despite the fact that he did not have the appropriate license to manufacture material of this type for hospital use.
Illa has assured that there will be no more contracts with this company and explained that the Autonomous Communities were urged to remove the defective masks on April 15, the same afternoon that the report from the National Institute of Security was received and Occupational Health confirming its invalidity after having received notice of its defects on day 13. The entire game was withdrawn despite the fact that, according to the minister, the problems only affected one of the lots, the rest comply with the required specifications. All have the CE mark.
Last Tuesday the supplier was informed of the cessation of these supplies. Purchases from now on will be made with other companies authorized by the Chinese Government. The material will undergo three controls: technical validation of the product documentation before purchase, control of Aenor in China through a contract to inspect the production of each company supplying the material and, finally, upon receipt of the material, random tests of the National Institute of Safety and Health at Work. The minister has ensured that the masks have the CE mark.
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