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Coronavirus impact: Government prohibits export of all kinds of respiratory masks

There have been concerns about its availability due to spurt in demand.

January 31, 2020 / 08:41 PM IST
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The government on January 31 prohibited the export of face masks with reports of its scarcity in cities like Mumbai doing the rounds.

"Export of all varieties of personal protection equipment including clothing and masks used to protect the wearer from air borne particle and any other respiratory masks or an other personal protective clothing including coveralls and N95 masks is hereby 'Prohibited' with immediate effect till further orders," said a notification from Amit Yadav, Director General of Foreign Trade.

With India reporting its first confirmed case 2019 novel Caronavirus in Kerala, as a precautionary measure, people have started buying face masks and other protective gear.

There have been concerns about its availability due to spurt in demand.

Coronavirus outbreak, which started in Wuhan in December, has now spread across the country. So far, the disease has claimed 213 lives.
Viswanath Pilla is a business journalist with 14 years of reporting experience. Based in Mumbai, Pilla covers pharma, healthcare and infrastructure sectors for Moneycontrol.
first published: Jan 31, 2020 08:40 pm

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