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Gloves and masks litter Middle East amid coronavirus panic

Disposable coronavirus face mask

Beirut: While walking in Beirut during the coronavirus lockdown recently, Omar Frangieh was struck by the number of disposable face masks and gloves littering the Lebanese capital.

The photographer, concerned that contaminated waste could itself transmit the disease, took 200 photos of discarded personal protective equipment and posted them in a Facebook album he titled “Invaders in Beirut”.

From Baghdad to Gaza, the disposable masks and gloves that remain in high demand to protect populations from the coronavirus pandemic are discarded after use, adding to pollution.

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