COVID19 pandemic in Nepal On 10 March, four pharmacies were fined a total of Rs 800,000 after they were caught charging 1000 of normal price for surgical masks. Some groceries and LPG stores were also inspected. One million units of face masks were confiscated from a warehouse in Kathmandu and the owner arrested on 18 March, bringing the total of masks confiscated in the week past to 2.3 million.COVID19 pandemic in Belgium On 20 March, a shipment from China of 5 million masks arrived at the airport of Bierset, but these were surgical masks and not the type of respirators required to protect the medical staff. 138 139 Hospitals such as the Centre Hospitalier Interrgional Edith Cavell CHIREC reported that they were in dire need of protective masks. 140 COVID19 pandemic in France The 201920 coronavirus pandemic reached France on 24 January 2020, when the first COVID19 case in both Europe and France was confirmed in Bordeaux.The first five confirmed cases were all individuals who had recently arrived or returned from China. A Chinese tourist who was admitted to hospital in Paris on 28 January died on 14 February, making it the first Covid19 death in France.COVID19 pandemic in Scotland On 12 January, the World Health Organization WHO confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019.. On the 24 January, the first tests for COVID19 came back negative, with the then Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine Calderwood saying .China refutes 24 lies by U.S. politicians over . TAIPEI, TAIWAN 2020/02/23: Commuters in the Taipei MRT system all wearing surgical mask as the 2019 Novel coronavirus that originated in China is spreading to other countries worldwide.COVID19 pandemic in the United States At that time, Veterans Affairs employees stated that nurses were having to use surgical masks and face shields instead of more protective N95 masks. 287 Beginning in April, there was a growing list of complaints about faulty medical gear and testing kits that were imported from China.Talk:Face masks during the 201920 coronavirus pandemic . how approach to masks evolved over time what kinds of masks are suggested for different groups of people and procured by the government e.g., nonsurgical medical masks for most people in China, but cloth masks in Thailand and the US .