Coronavirus: Gran, 84, spends 8 hours a day sewing face masks for healthcare workers – World News

An incredible 84-year-old grandmother spends eight hours a day sewing face masks for healthcare workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Margarita Gil Baro, from Cadiz in Spain, manages to sew 50 masks daily using her sewing machine at home and donates them to hospitals.

She does it voluntarily, showing one of the many acts of kindness people all around the world are doing to help during the pandemic.

In a photograph shared of Margarita on Facebook, she appears focused and patient as she carefully sews.

To her left is a pile of face masks she has already made, as she begins her work daily from 10.30am.



Margarita spends 8 hours a day making face masks

Her son told Spanish news site Latina that Margarita had said to him: “I cannot sit idly watching while this (crisis) happens.

“I understand that each time there are more who get ill, and more who die.

“I’m going to make face masks.”

And that’s what she did.



She starts sewing at 10.30am



She is 84 years old and works as a volunteer

Margarita said the idea came to her as she watched on TV how medics have a shortage in face masks – and thought as she’s at home with free time she could help.

Spain’s face mask shortage has reportedly seen the government rely on donations and many people volunteer to help by making their own.

Inmates in prisons have also contributed to the national effort, thelocal.es reports.

Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

There have been 6,803 deaths in the country from coronavirus, with 80,110 diagnosed, the latest Reuters figures show.

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday night, announced that all non-essential workers must stay at home for two weeks, the latest government measure in the fight against coronavirus.

He said workers would receive their usual salaries but would have to make up lost hours at a later date.

The measure would last from March 30 to April 9.

On Sunday, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz said the measure was “flexible” and workers would be paid but would be expected to make up their lost days before December 31.



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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-gran-84-spends-8-21777989