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Commerce offices told to keep watch on hoarding, price of face masks

By THE NATION

 

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The Commerce Ministry has instructed its provincial offices nationwide to closely monitor the price and sale volume of face masks to prevent vendors from hoarding or selling them at an inflated price.

 

The ministry's permanent-secretary Boonyarit Kalayanamit said that demand for masks had risen sharply in response to the coronavirus outbreak and air pollution caused by the hazardous PM2.5 particulate matter. 

 

The ministry has also asked mask manufacturers to boost production capacity to meet surging demand. 

 

The Department of Internal Trade's deputy director-general Prayoth Benyasut said that mask-makers had reassured him that there would not be a shortage, saying that their combined capacity amounts to 100 million items per month.

 

Normally, the demand for face masks averages 30 million per month and would increase to 50 million per month in the events of haze, thick smog or an epidemic. 

 

Some manufacturers are now making masks round the clock, he added. 

 

He said there would be sufficient supply of masks for the next four months  while urging the public against hoarding. 

 

He said people should call hotline 1569 to make a complain if they found any vendor selling masks at an inflated price.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30381240

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-01-30

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1 hour ago, Beggar said:

Many of the sold face mask will not protect against the virus. Here a lot of information work needs to be done and shops should be stopped to sell such useless masks. 

All masks serve some kind of purpose, why should shops stop selling them?

It's up to the individual to make purchases using information at their disposal.

 

I could understand your point if shops were advertising certain masks as some kind of panacea, but I've not seen that yet

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" The ministry has also asked mask manufacturers to boost production capacity to meet surging demand."

Very bold action! As if market forces, aka supply and demand, don't apply here.

Oh wait.... hmmm... where am I?

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3 hours ago, Sticky Wicket said:

All masks serve some kind of purpose, why should shops stop selling them?

It's up to the individual to make purchases using information at their disposal.

 

I could understand your point if shops were advertising certain masks as some kind of panacea, but I've not seen that yet

Here is one of such useless masks. A Thai friend used it all the time and is sick now. At the moment it is not clear if it is just a cold or more. It just started. Such and many other masks are useless to protect against the virus. The people need to be educated and also the shops should not sell them for protection against the virus. 

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3 hours ago, Sticky Wicket said:

I bought 1500 3M N95 masks on Friday. 

I'm waiting for the panic to set in and then sell them for a nice profit!

I wonder if they were legit 3M masks of the ton of fakes you see on Lazada. Curious where you got your supplies from?

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I have plenty of masks to give away for free. I see all masks as insufficient method of protection. Need a real WWIIGas mask and Aerospace suit for a real protection 🧠

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