India battles black market in used gloves and masks

NEW DELHI (HRNW) – Indian police are battling a booming black market in used face masks and surgical gloves scavenged in some cases from hospital refuse tips, as people scramble for cheap coronavirus protection.

Police in the western city of Navi Mumbai said Friday that they seized from one gang 3.8 million pieces of refurbished single-use surgical gloves that were washed, dried and packed ready for sale.

“They had managed to sell 6,000 to 10,000 pieces and were in touch with several buyers for the rest of the consignment,” he said.

The four accused are facing initial charges of cheating and endangering lives by spreading a communicable disease.

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