COVID-19: Spain and 7 other countries with reported cases of fake test kits

COVID-19: Spain and 7 other countries with reported cases of fake test kits

- Some countries, have, since the outbreak of the coronavirus, raised complaints about fake test kits sent from China

- The latest to do so is Spain, which earlier rejected a second set of test kits from China, and demanded a refund

- There have been reports of fake kits in countries such as Kenya, India, Turkey and the Netherlands

Our Manifesto: This is what believes in has learned that Spain has sent back faulty COVID-19 tests kits to China as it attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The kits were the second batch to be returned after an initial consignment was deemed to be defective.

Spain is currently demanding a refund for its total order of 640,000 tests after realising some

kits in both batches were not sensitive enough to consistently detect the coronavirus.

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Per a report by Business Insider, the first batch of kits came from Bioeasy, a Chinese company.

They were delivered at a time when Spain has reached a crucial stage in its fight against the coronavirus.

Presently, over 21,000 people have lost their lives in the country due to coronavirus.

China responded by saying Bioeasy is not an approved retailer and consequently began investigations into the case.

Information available shows that other countries such as the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India have complained of defects in test kits purchased from Chinese companies.

A report by shows that Kenyan authorities raided a shop suspected of selling fake testing kits.

They arrested 10 people and shut down the facility.

A London-based man, Frank Ludlow, has also been processed for court for over fake COVID-19 treatment kits.

He was picked up by the Intellectual Property Crime Unit after it was contacted by US counterparts.

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America (USA), has also raised an alarm over unauthorized COVID-19 test kits.

It indicated that it is "actively and aggressively monitoring the market for any firms marketing products with fraudulent coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims as part of ongoing efforts to protect public health during this pandemic".

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