(c) Koen Greven

At the end of January it was still a message that seemed strange to most Madrile√Īos. In Chinatown, located in the Usera district in Madrid, there was a real run on face masks. They were mainly residents of Chinese origin who bought them en masse. They were told to buy them as a precaution after the outbreak of some kind of virus in Wuhan. And within a few days the limited numbers of face masks in the Spanish capital were completely sold out and were all in the hands of the Chinese. In Spain, until recently, these were not among the products people would usually buy. Why should they?

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