Virus Outbreak: NHI cards required to purchase masks

ALLOCATION: Effective Thursday, masks will be sold at 6,505 contracted pharmacies across the nation, and each person can buy only two masks every seven days

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 04, 2020
By: Lee I-chia, Liang Hsiao Tung and Lin Liang-sheng  /  Staff reporters

The Executive Yuan last night announced new measures to regulate purchases of masks, including

Elementary-school students wear masks at an event in Taipei yesterday after the Central Epidemic Command Center on Sunday announced that the Lunar New Year school holiday would be extended until Feb. 25.
Photo: CNA

requiring people to present their health insurance cards to purchase them at pharmacies.

The decision was made during a meeting presided over by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Exectuive Yuan officials said.

Effective Thursday, people will have to present their National Health Insurance (NHI) cards when purchasing masks at 6,505 contracted pharmacies across the nation, they said.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center, told a press conference at 9pm that starting today, convenience stores would stop selling masks.    [FULL  STORY]

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