Japanese masks are also in trouble: the government has called for an increase in production and banned the rush to buy them
The outbreak of the new coronavirus has also put ordinary surgical masks at risk in Japan. In response, Japan’s health, labor and welfare ministry on Monday called on Japan’s mask manufacturers to increase production and urged Japanese pharmacies to control the rush to buy masks.
Japan’s health, labor and welfare ministry issued the instructions at a meeting to address the outbreak, the public broadcaster NHK reported Tuesday. Japan typically produces about 90 million masks a month and imports about 260 million a month from overseas, the ministry said. However, the outbreak of the new coronavirus has led to a rise in demand for masks in Japan and a near standstill in imports from China, leaving Japanese mask makers with few stocks and pharmacies with few. Not only that, surgical masks, surgical masks and high-functioning masks used by doctors are in the same state, with no stocks and imports stagnant.
In response, Japan’s health, labor and welfare ministry issued a notice to mask manufacturers, calling on them to increase production to ensure normal circulation of masks. In addition, the ministry of health, Labour and welfare has issued notices to pharmacies across the country banning the rush to buy masks and not overstocking them for stock purposes. The ministry of health, Labour and welfare also urged people to try to give masks to people with cough, sneezing and other symptoms.