Fighting Covid-19 brings new danger

Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong on May 13, 2020. PHOTO | ANTHONY WALLACE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • PPEs, such as face masks, hand sanitisers, protective clothing for medical personnel and gloves are mostly made of or packaged in plastic material.
  • It’s projected that, by 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in oceans with the United Nations saying, 13 million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea yearly.

We are at war with a virus”. “We are at war with an invisible enemy”. These are some of the metaphors used by world leaders to describe the Covid-19 pandemic.

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