By: Ku Chuan, Yeh Su-ping and Chiang Yi-ching
Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) The Taiwan government said Thursday that it will continue to requisition all domestically produced surgical masks and maintain its ban on their export until the end of April.
The ban on the export of disposable surgical masks was imposed Jan. 24 and was due to end Feb. 23, while the government requisitioning of the product was scheduled from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15, as part of the efforts to ensure a steady domestic supply amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
On Thursday, however, Vice Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) told reporters that the government's requisitioning of surgical masks and ban on their export will continue until the end of April.
If the coronavirus situation improves, those measures may be lifted earlier, she added.