Face masks are in short supply in many countries

Overseas countries are suffering from a shortage of masks: Thailand has stopped all retail sales, Japanese doctors can only get one mask a week and the world’s richest man can’t buy one.

The outbreak is worsening in many countries and masks are in short supply

According to statistics released by Johns Hopkins University, as of April 8, Beijing time, there were over 1.3 million confirmed covid-19 cases and over 70,000 deaths worldwide. Novel coronavirus transmission is accelerating.

According to China news on March 24, the mayor of Bergamo in Lombardy region, Italy’s worst affected city, Jorge Gori, said about 75 percent of patients in Bergamo died at home before being diagnosed.

As the global epidemic gets worse, supplies such as masks and protective clothing are running short.

On February 1st India banned the export of surgical masks.

February 26, South Korea issued a mask export ban, a total ban on the export of masks;

On March 3rd the French government ordered the requisition of all new masks and stocks, and banned their export.

On March 4th Thailand formally banned the export of masks by its makers.

On March 4th Germany banned the export of masks.

On March 6th France cancelled a big order for millions of masks that Britain’s National Health service had ordered from Valmy SAS, a French firm.

On March 8th Germany removed 240,000 masks from Switzerland.

On March 19, Germany confiscated a batch of protective equipment from 3M.

On March 20th France intercepted 130,000 masks in Britain;

Thailand: a complete ban on the sale of medical hygiene masks

In late march, Thailand’s deputy commerce minister Thongchai Sukchai said the country would stop selling face masks in blue flag stores and general retail outlets, and suggested people use alternative masks. Medical masks should be assigned to health care workers according to the severity of the situation. Ministry of commerce offices have been ordered to closely follow up and investigate the situation of the masks and cancel the distribution of masks to blue flag stores and convenience stores (7-11), retail malls and other channels, including supermarkets and shopping malls. The last delivery date is March 16.

The world’s richest man cannot buy a mask

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, revealed in an internal email dated March 21, 2020, that masks are the company’s most scarce item. He said amazon had ordered millions of masks to be distributed to employees and contract workers who could not work from home, but had received few.

Japan: doctors can only wear one mask a week

According to the Kyoto news on March 23, in the affiliated hospital of the medical department of Kyoto university, the number of masks used by medical staff has gone from one per person per day to only one per week. A doctor said that if the mask visible to the naked eye is contaminated, can be replaced, other times the mask is absolutely not allowed to change, and no relevant departments will be willing to give you change.

France: luxury company announces switch to masks

Recently, as the outbreak of covid-19 in France intensified, kering group confirmed that it would import 3 million surgical masks from China and donate them to the government. Meanwhile, its factories of Balenciaga and Saint Laurent will soon start producing masks to support the government’s response to the new outbreak.

Moet Louis Vuitton, France’s largest and the world’s largest luxury-goods group, took just three days to turn over its Dior, Guerguerin and Givenchy perfume factories, promising to provide at least 12 tons of free water purification liquid to French medical institutions. At present, the perfume factory production of hand fluid has been delivered to the major hospitals, known as the “most beautiful anti-epidemic products.” The group later announced an order in China to raise 40 million masks for the government.

Spain: face mask maximum R 4,400 /piece

According to local media reports, not only are masks in short supply in Spain, but prices have doubled, reaching as high as R4,400 per mask. In response, Inditex SA, the parent company of Spanish fashion giant Zara, has urgently adjusted its production line to make masks, and plans to transform some of its fabric lines into specialized medical fabric lines.

Orders for masks surged overseas

In order to help South African guests fight the outbreak, the SSS epidemic goods zone was opened on March 22. The zone is for South African b-end buyers to purchase supplies. Zone line protective clothing, thermometer, goggles and other kinds of anti-epidemic materials.

Global inquiries for masks have increased nearly 20-fold in the past month, according to Google data. As of April 5, ShopShipShake had counted hundreds of merchants in the country, selecting those willing to offer limited qualifications and certainty of availability to ShopShipShake buyers. At present, the daily supply capacity of the platform is more than 500,000.

Chinese mask, “cover” the world

China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of masks, accounting for about 50 percent of global annual production before the new outbreak. With the development of the epidemic, the domestic mask industry is full of firepower.

Since February, the government has issued a number of policies to encourage enterprises to speed up the resumption of production of masks and protective clothing, and to ensure the supply of epidemic prevention products for first-line medical workers and those who return to work. At the same time, open the green channel, simplify the production qualification examination and approval procedures, merge the product registration and production license inspection process, promote the registration of licensing items “online”.

According to relevant data, the number of anti-epidemic enterprises has increased significantly recently:

1. China has a total of 347 melt-spraying cloth related enterprises, with 112 newly added since February 2020, an increase of 3633% compared with the same period last year;

2. At present, there are a total of 994 e-gun related enterprises in China, with 202 newly added since February 2020, an increase of 4950% compared with the same period last year.

3. Currently, there are 141,794 sterilization-related enterprises in China, with an increase of 3,693 since February 2020, an increase of 85.3% compared with the same period last year.

4. At present, there are a total of 5,427 protective clothing related enterprises in China, with an increase of 1,151 since February 2020, an increase of 2157% compared with the same period last year.

By the end of March, the daily production of masks in China could exceed 200 million. At the same time, the production capacity of melt-spraying cloth, the core material of mask manufacturing, has been continuously improved.