SA Health has confirmed that the 600,000+ face masks recalled have been cleared for return.
The Commonwealth clarified overnight that the masks are compliant with all relevant Australian and international standards.
“Our first priority, as always, is the protection of our staff and we’ll take whatever measures we feel are necessary to ensure their safety,” reads the SA Health statement.
The 600,000+ masks that South Australia was given from the Commonwealth stockpile were recalled after an ICU nurse contracted COVID-19, raising questions around her PPE.
Replacements and full face shields were provided to frontline staff, with old stock tested to determine its effectiveness.
With the recalled masks now confirmed to meet all required standards, SA Health stated that discussions will take place this morning as to how the masks can be returned for use in South Australian hospitals.
More to come.
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