Losing face: 6,000 surgical masks stolen from Kobe hospital
Japan Times -- Feb 19
A total of 6,000 surgical masks have been lost at a hospital in Kobe, it was learned Tuesday. The Hyogo Prefectural Police is investigating the incident as a case of theft.

The masks, worth ¥40,000, had been kept at a machine room on the third floor of the Japanese Red Cross Kobe Hospital, officials at the institution said.

Four of the 12 boxes of masks were gone. Each box had 30 packages, which each contained 50 masks. The room is usually locked, the officials said.

A hospital employee noticed Thursday that some boxes were missing, and the hospital reported the incident to the police station Monday.

News source: Japan Times
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