By Tara Rippin • 13 March 2020 • 21:30
THE grandmother of a 16-year-old who has lupus and is quarantined for her own protection, claims she trawled numerous ‘out of stock’ chemists in Alicante before being charged €3,80 for a single mask.
Araceli Uceda told Spanish newspaper, Informacion, that after an unsuccessful search through pharmacies in Alicante and San Vicente, she evenutally found a chemist with the protective masks in stock.
She said she asked for a whole box, explaining her grandaughter’s auto-immune disease, but was told she could only buy one, as they were ‘rationing for the coronavirus’.
The furious grandmother explained the teenager needs masks for a month, or she will not be able to leave the house.
She also expressed disgust at ‘the excessive price for an item that is becoming a necessity’.
The teenager spent 10 days in the ICU last May with lung and kidney damage, and her family has been advised to keep isolated.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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