Taiwan suggests maximum limit of 250 face masks per outbound traveler

Daily production of face masks could surge to 3.9 million after holiday: MOEA

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/27
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Passengers wearing face masks at a Taiwanese airport.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Travelers leaving Taiwan should not take more than five boxes containing a total of 250 face masks with them, the authorities said Monday (Jan. 27).

The measure, which was not binding, was designed to prevent hoarding of masks amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) out of Wuhan and China. Taiwan confirmed its fifth case of the virus Monday.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs imposed restrictions on exports of certain types of masks valid for the period from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23, CNA reported.

As the Lunar New Year holiday was drawing to a close, many Taiwanese business people working in China were preparing to return there, increasing the possibility that face masks would become scarce on the island.    [FULL  STORY]

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