Environmental groups concerned over coronavirus ocean pollution

A number of environmental groups have warned oceans are being polluted by the disposal of masks, gloves and bottles of hand sanitzer used to tackle coronavirus.

People are being advised to wear masks in various countries, while gloves are warn in certain supermarkets.

There has also been a huge increase in the sale of hand sanitzer during the global pandemic.

Laurent Lombard of Opération Mer Propre, warned in The Guardian that "soon there will be more masks than jellyfish in the waters of the Mediterranean."

Nick Mallos of US-based NGO Ocean Conservancy told CNN:

"We know that plastic pollution is a global problem — it existed before the pandemic.
"But we've seen a lot of industry efforts to roll back some of the great progress that's been made."

Gary Stokes from Hong Kong-based OceansAsia says they've seen a number of masks being found on beaches.

He warned that, "on a beach about 100 meters long, we found about 70."

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