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10 million masks being distributed this month

By The Nation

 

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The Internal Trade Department is speeding up packaging of protective facemasks and expects to distribute one million this week alone and at least 10 million this month.

 

Director-general Whichai Phochanakij said on Thursday (February 27) that the masks will sell for Bt10 per four-piece pack at convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Mini Big-C, Lotus Express and Thong Fah (Blue Flag) Pracha Rat shops.

 

Distribution will be nationwide but more intense in areas where the risk of Covid-19 virus contagion is higher, he said.

 

Whichai said the quantity situation had greatly improved with enforcement of an export prohibition and an anti-hoarding law.

 

There are 30 million masks in stock and 500,000 are being produced daily for use in commercial facilities and hospitals.

 

Some 3.8 million masks have been distributed among hospitals and Pharmaceutical Organisation outlets, 1.4 million to Blue Flag stores, 280,000 to Thai Airways and 200,000 to other pharmacy associations. 

 

In March there will be 15 million new masks to distribute, Whichai said.

 

He reported that 48 people have been arrested for selling masks at exorbitant prices, most in the Central region, and 30 have been prosecuted for reaping undue profit, for which the penalty can be up to seven years’ imprisonment, a Bt140,000 fine or both. 

 

Consumers’ complaints about overpricing are routinely checked and market inspections take place daily, he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382944

 

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I was in the SuperRich money exchange today,in came

a Chinese guy, sat not far from me,waiting  for service,

and he started hacking and coughing,no face mask,or

hand over mouth,good job my turn next ,and out of there.

Its like crash helmets there available but some people

just won't use them.

regards Worgeordie

 

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So 0.7 masks per person. I guess 2 person could share it for 1.5h each. 

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1 minute ago, Gweiloman said:

Masks don’t help. I hope none of you are foolish enough to waste your money on buying any. 

Does the WHO confirm that ? up in the North need them for the smog.

regards worgeordie

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4 minutes ago, Gweiloman said:

Masks don’t help. I hope none of you are foolish enough to waste your money on buying any. 

I wear my ffp3 mask in taxi /bts and mrt. But I agree that those green 1-time mask are useless (and uncomfortable )

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4 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

Does the WHO confirm that ? up in the North need them for the smog.

regards worgeordie

Scientist are divided on the subject but TV expert are categoric. 

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so many, with such a lot of uneducated advice.

 

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Was at a Central dept store today, and went to the loo.  Everyone in there with face masks.  While I scrubbed my hands and lower arms after peeing, 3-4 of the guys who had just used the urinals walked out without washing their hands.

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27 minutes ago, Gweiloman said:

Masks don’t help. I hope none of you are foolish enough to waste your money on buying any. 

The sort in the photo don't do much. However someone will be coining it.

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4 minutes ago, tominbkk said:

Was at a Central dept store today, and went to the loo.  Everyone in there with face masks.  While I scrubbed my hands and lower arms after peeing, 3-4 of the guys who had just used the urinals walked out without washing their hands.

Clean dicks 😉

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28 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

I was in the SuperRich money exchange today,in came

a Chinese guy, sat not far from me,waiting  for service,

and he started hacking and coughing,no face mask,or

hand over mouth,good job my turn next ,and out of there.

Its like crash helmets there available but some people

just won't use them.

regards Worgeordie

 

Sadly it's normal for people nowadays not to cover their mouths when coughing. Ordinary flue kills many every year.

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6 minutes ago, tominbkk said:

Was at a Central dept store today, and went to the loo.  Everyone in there with face masks.  While I scrubbed my hands and lower arms after peeing, 3-4 of the guys who had just used the urinals walked out without washing their hands.

I'm more concerned at the guys that don't wash after #2.

Urine is normally sterile and can be consumed safely.

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