Published on Mar 10, 2020
마스크 5부제, 공급 여전히 부족… 정부 불편 최소화 위해 노력
Just days after the five-day rotation system for purchasing protective face masks was introduced in South Korea,… a senior government official has explained improvements will be made to address public inconvenience.
Starting Wednesday,… face masks will also be available at some 13-hundred local town post offices across the country.
Kim Hyo-sun tells us more.
In an effort to alleviate public inconvenience,… South Korea’s deputy prime minister Hong Nam-ki said improvements will be made to the current mask rationing scheme.
Addressing lawmakers on Tuesday,… Hong said he will review the distribution of masks according to demand at each pharmacy.
While the newly introduced five-day rotation system has effectively reduced the long queues,… he explained he will also examine the time the masks are sold at pharmacies.
“I have to stop by pharmacies on my way to work and after lunch as they do not state exactly at what time the masks are being sold.”
The South Korean government has also started disclosing information on masks that are sold through official public channels.
It elaborated this would promote public-private cooperation,… enabling the private sector to develop mobile applications that show where masks are available.
As part of efforts to expand public-supply of face masks,… some 13-hundred local town post offices across the country will begin selling them from Wednesday.
This includes around 90 post offices located in virus-stricken Daegu and Cheongdo County.
The current five-day rotation system will be applied,… under which citizens can buy up to two protective masks a week on designated days, depending on the final digit of their year of birth.
They will cost around one U.S. dollar each.
People will not be allowed to buy face masks at pharmacies and post offices on the same week.
Meanwhile,… 80-thousand face masks will arrive in South Korea from China on Wednesday,… as Beijing has vowed to extend a helping hand to its Asian neighbor.
An official from Seoul’s foreign ministry told reporters that the Chinese government agreed to send personal protective equipment, including face masks and gowns.
In late January,… Seoul also sent quarantine supplies to China, including 30-thousand face masks.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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