Japan And South Korea Respond To Mask Panic

- Mar 08, 2020-

Korea

According to data released by the South Korean government on the morning of the 6th, as of 00:00 on the 6th, South Korea has added 518 confirmed cases compared with the previous day, with a total of 6284 confirmed diagnoses. Of the newly confirmed cases, 490 were from Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do. There were 8 new deaths and a total of 43 cases.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, the Korean government revised and adjusted emergency mask supply measures on the 5th, including

——Prohibit the export of masks;

——Expand the daily output of masks from 10 million to 14 million in the next month;

-Double the supply of masks at designated sales offices such as pharmacies and post offices;

——Masks purchased at designated sales offices must be purchased with an ID card and are limited to 2 per person per week.

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Japan

According to statistics from the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) TV station, as of 10:30 on the 6th local time, 31 new cases were confirmed in Japan, and a total of 361 cases were confirmed (including 14 returning charter flights).

Japan ’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced on the evening of the 5th that there were 8 confirmed diagnoses among some of the “Princess Princess” cruise passengers who had been separated from the ship and checked into government facilities. In addition, in order to reduce the previous repeated statistics, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare adjusted the number of confirmed cases of the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship to 696.

In view of the current shortage of masks in Japan, the Japanese government will prohibit resale of masks in accordance with the "National Emergency Measures for the Stability of National Life" and offenders will be fined. This is the first time that Japan has banned resale of masks according to law. In addition, the Japanese government will purchase 20 million reusable gauze masks and distribute them to nursing institutions and childcare institutions.

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