Taiwan’s daily output of face masks is expected to reach 8,200,000 by the end of the week, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Accordingly, each person will be allowed to buy three surgical masks per week starting on Thursday, up from two masks. Parents, on the other hand, will be allowed to buy up to five masks per week and per child, up from three masks per week so far, the CECC said in a press conference on Monday.
Thanks to the soaring number of masks produced daily, designated pharmacies across Taiwan will now receive 600 surgical masks per day, up from 400 previously, the CECC added. The number of face masks for children younger than 13-year old allocated to each pharmacy, however, will remain the same, namely 200 masks per day and per outlet. The purchasing rule and the price of each mask will remain the same.
After the new rule goes into effect on Thursday, the supply of regular surgical masks will increase from 3,900,000 to 5,200,000 per day to meet the demand of the name-based rationing system. Another 3 million medical face masks will be used to meet the growing demand for professional protective gear, including medical staff, industries and preventive care, according to CECC.