Economy minister says Romania will produce 500,000 masks a day during coronavirus pandemic

Romania’s economy minister says a state-owned company will produce 500,000 surgical masks a day which are needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The minister, Virgil Popescu, said that automated equipment was being installed on three production lines on Tuesday at Romarm, a state-owned defense company and Romania’s main supplier for defense technique and services.

Popescu said the plant will be able to manufacture half a million masks a day by the end of April.

The company owns 15 factories and a research institute. It had about 7,300 employees in 2012.

The company, which was established in 2000, belongs to the economy, energy and business ministry.

“At the same time, the equipment which is necessary for the FFP2 equipment for hospitals will arrive in Romania after Easter (April 19), and will be installed at Romarm,” he said.

FFP2 masks have a 94% filtration percentage, protecting the user from catching the highly contagious coronavirus.

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