A major cosmetic chains in Taiwan sold 1 million surgical face masks on Thursday.
Almost all Poya stores across Taiwan saw their shelves empty within 30 minutes on the first day of selling face masks, the company said.
Customers bought packages of five or boxes of 50 face masks, showing that the public is still concerned by the virus outbreak despite the soaring supply of face masks.
In the months since rationing was introduced, daily production capacity has been ramped up from 1.88 million to around 20 million masks per day, which allowed the requisition order to be relaxed from June 1.
Four hundred Poya stores will sell a second batch of 50-mask box priced at NT$299 starting on Friday, with purchase limited to one box per person.
Kimo Shopping Mall, Momoshop and PChome24h Shopping also sold thousands of surgical face masks on Wednesday. The precious gear was sold out in less than 10 minutes.
Earlier this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taiwan government began requisitioning all surgical face masks manufactured in the country, and implemented a rationing program for the public, limiting each buyer to three masks per week and later to nine per fortnight.
The ration system remains in place, so members of the public still have access to masks if private outlets sell out.