Zara owner Inditex may soon be stitching hospital scrubs, helping its home country Spain fight the coronavirus epidemic.
Inditex last week informed that the epidemic had shut nearly half its stores around the world.
It was studying converting part of its textile manufacturing capacity in Spain to produce hospital gowns. It also said it would make available to Spain its vast logistics and supplier network, especially in China, to “meet Spain’s emergency needs of both medical and textile materials” such as protective masks, gloves, goggles and caps.
It said it had already donated 10,000 masks and another 300,000 were due to be sent by the end of the week.
Spain has been affected more by the coronavirus than any other European country except Italy, and accounts for the fashion retailer’s largest network of stores by far.
The latest figures from the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday (23 March) put the number of coronavirus infections in Spain at 33,089, with 2,355 patients in intensive care and 2,182 dead. The number of fatalities rose by 462 in the past 24 hours, a spike of 26.8%, making Monday the deadliest day since the coronavirus epidemic broke out in Spain.