日本發放給孕婦的口罩 眾人一開全傻眼「太噁心」 | Corona-fiasco? Faulty masks distributed to pregnant women in Japan

日本衛生官員發放將近30萬片口罩給孕婦的決定近期遭民眾批判,許多人抱怨打開後發現裡面的口罩不是生霉就是有蟲子和污漬。|Japanese health authorities’ decision to distribute more than 300,000 face masks to pregnant women has been marred by complaints about mould, insects and stains in some masks handed out so far. (Shutterstock)

【看CP學英文】日本衛生官員發放將近30萬片口罩給孕婦引發民眾強烈抨擊,許多人抱怨打開後發現裡面的口罩不是生霉就是有蟲子和污漬。

Japanese health authorities’ decision to distribute more than 300,000 face masks to pregnant women has been marred by complaints about mold, insects and stains in some masks handed out so far. 

日本官方開始配送一戶兩片可重複使用口罩,不到幾天即陸續傳出收到發霉口罩的消息。

Reports of soiled or defective products came just days after authorities started supplying every household with two washable, reusable masks.  

根據NHK報導,截至週二為止,發放給孕婦的50萬片口罩中有30萬片瑕疵品。

Public broadcaster NHK reported that the number of defective masks distributed to pregnant women had risen to 300,000 out of 500,000 by Tuesday.  

首批口罩優先送至養老院,不過近日東京一般住戶也陸續收到口罩了。

The masks are also sent to care homes for the disabled at the head of the list, though private households in Tokyo are also starting to receive theirs. 

日本厚生勞動大臣加藤勝信告訴媒體,「口罩的品質保證是最重要的,這樣孕婦才能放心地使用」,強調口罩的安全衛生會經過檢查、認證。

“It’s of top priority to guarantee the quality of the masks so pregnant women can use them with relief,” Health Ministry Katsunobu Kato told a press conference that the safety of all masks would be verified. 

據報導,政府要求5間公司製造口罩,但政府原先說僅三間工廠製作口罩供孕婦使用,說詞反覆不一。

The government reportedly asked five companies to manufacture the masks and had originally said only three were providing some for pregnant women.  

在日本,口罩需求依然非常高。夏普公司於週二表示目前已有4百多萬人登記購買將近4萬盒口罩。

Masks remain a sought-after item in Japan. Sharp Corp said in a statement on Tuesday that 4.7 million people applied for 40,000 boxes of face masks

上週因訂單過多而導致夏普電子公司的網站短暫當機,爾後決定改為抽籤販賣避免此事再發生。夏普也表示目前正持續增加產量以供應民眾需求。

Last week, overwhelming demand crashed the Japanese electronics firm’s website soon after the company started taking orders online. It then changed to sell the masks through a lottery to avoid more crashes and said it was ramping up production to meet demand.