Thailand approves price controls for face masks amid virus scare


A woman wearing a protective mask prays at a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai government has approved measures to control the prices of face masks and hand-sanitizing gel after the coronavirus outbreak led to a reported lack of supplies. - dpa/Asian News Network

BANGKOK: The Thai government has approved measures to control the prices of face masks and hand-sanitizing gel after the coronavirus outbreak led to a reported lack of supplies.

A proposal to place the products on the state price control list was approved by the cabinet, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said on Tuesday (Feb 4).

Businesses that produce or sell goods on the list are required to inform authorities of production costs and seek approval before making price changes.

The proposal was made by the Commerce Ministry after reports of a lack of supply and high prices for the virus-preventing products.

Thai news outlet The Standard reported last week that face masks were sold out at a major Bangkok shopping mall just 15 minutes after being placed on shelves.

The report cited customers from Hong Kong as saying that they were buying face masks to take back to their country where there is also a lack of supplies.

Thai newspaper Thairath reported on Tuesday that face masks were sold out within minutes of hitting the shelves in shops around parts of Bangkok.

Prime Minister Prayut said informing the public about the correct use and disposal of face masks is an important preventative measure to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Thailand has confirmed a total of 25 coronavirus cases. Eight of those infected have been discharged from hospital. - dpa/Asian News Network
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Thailand , Facemask , Price Control

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Regional

Covid-19: Cases up by 3,680, bringing total to 194,114 (updated daily)
Petronas named most valuable Asean brand for 2021
Malaysia's first Covid-19 vaccine trial officially underway
Survey: Chinese people increasingly alarmed over use of facial recognition for everything from refuse collection to toilet roll dispensers
Pony Ma is now China’s second-richest man as Tencent nears trillion-dollar club
Ex-deputy CM Liew wins defamation suit against planter
Ringgit to perform in 2021 despite short-term headwinds
Mobile use in Indonesia tops five hours a day
FAQ: Air travel during MCO 2.0
Kuaishou has changed the lives of millions in China, but will the short video app prove a good investment?

Stories You'll Enjoy


-->