The order of face masks to protect pupils from COVID-19 made by the Greek ministry of health made a “spelling error” on the size and as a result, hundreds of thousands of gigantic “full-face” masks were delivered at Greek schools. See pictures here.
For a week now, the conservative New Democracy government (EPP) has been under fire and attempting to deflect responsibility for the mistake. Ultimately, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas admitted yesterday that the responsibility is “collective” and vowed to correct the mistake.
However, minister of development Adonis Georgiadis attributed the mistake to the pressure of the main opposition Syriza party to provide masks at schools for free.
“The state decided to cover up Syriza’s fuss for free masks and this was done quickly and what is done quickly can entail mistakes,” he said.
(Sarantis Michalopoulos, EURACTIV.com)