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Thai officials check for overpricing, hoarding of masks as demand hikes

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Thailand has 30 surgical face-mask factories capable of producing a total of five million masks per day. UNSPLASH

Thai officials check for overpricing, hoarding of masks as demand hikes

Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has instructed its provincial offices countrywide to check whether shops are breaking the law by selling overpriced face masks, said permanent secretary Boonyarit Kalayanamit.

The move follows a spike in demand for face masks following a new outbreak of Covid-19.

Commerce officials on December 23 visited a total of 573 pharmacies, shops and convenience stores but found no violations. Masks there were being sold for 2.50 baht ($0.083) apiece, or 50-125 baht per pack of 50 depending on brand and quality.

Officials also found no evidence of hoarding. However, some shops were running short of face mask supplies due to the rising demand.

Boonyarit said there was no need to panic-buy or hoard masks, adding that supplies in Samut Sakhon province where the latest outbreak emerged were still sufficient despite a spike in demand.

Thailand has 30 surgical face-mask factories capable of producing a total of five million masks per day.

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