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Coronavirus impact: Face masks become costlier as demand shoots up

All Food and Drug License Holders Foundation (AFDLHF) has estimated a nearly 100 percent jump in prices in India.

February 17, 2020 / 05:44 PM IST
Coronavirus (Representative image)

Coronavirus (Representative image)

The outbreak of Coronavirus has led to the rise in demand for protective masks and sanitisers in India. And with rising demand, price of masks has shot up multiple times.

People are rushing to medical stores to get their hands on either N95 or a simple surgical face mask to prevent themselves from contracting the virus.

"In view of the current situation in China, we have witnessed 10 times & more of growth in demand for face masks, particularly respiratory masks, protective suits, sterile surgical gloves, safety goggles, to curb the spread of Coronavirus," said Vivek Tiwari, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, Medikabazaar, a B2B online platform for medical supplies and equipment.

Face masks reduce infected persons' ability to spread the virus in the environment.