Written by: Zhang Meihua
2020-01-25 14:03Last updated: 2020-01-25 14:15
The pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan has continued to expand in mainland China. The number of confirmed cases worldwide has increased to 1,287, with 41 deaths. Five confirmed cases have been recorded in Hong Kong so far. Because Wuhan pneumonia is sure to be passed down from person to person, many Hong Kong citizens will wear masks to protect themselves when entering and exiting public places.
Although today (25th) is the first day of the new year, in the case of Wuhan pneumonia, pharmacies in Mong Kok district are still open as usual, and various types of masks are placed in front of the store. Some pharmacies even sell 1860-type N95 masks with a higher protection level, which are priced at 80 yuan each and 1,400 yuan a box. However, the reporter observed that there are no masks of the same type sold in nearby pharmacies. The pharmacy can also be regarded as a "single city business."
In the past on the first day of the New Year, many stores will congratulate the New Year, but this year Wuhan pneumonia is pressing Hong Kong, and the hearts of the people in the community are upset. The reporter visited the Tung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok today (25th). Most pharmacies have been opened in the market. All kinds of masks are sold at the eye-catching locations of the stores. N95 masks, adult surgical masks, medical surgical masks and children's masks. The average price per box ranges from 58 yuan to 1,400 yuan.
Among them, a chain of pharmacies in Xiyang Cainan Street, in addition to placing general adult surgical masks, also sells N95 masks, which are medical-grade protective masks 1860. The pharmacy is priced at 80 yuan each, and each box is priced at 1400 yuan. However, the reporter saw that there were no masks of the same type sold in nearby pharmacies. The pharmacy can also be regarded as a "sole city business."
Some mainlanders working in Hong Kong also bought 10 boxes of masks for 138 yuan for personal use at the pharmacy in Mong Kok today. (Photo by Zhang Meihua)
One pharmacy staff revealed that due to the recent pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan, the supply of masks was tight. "Originally, they were all sold but it is difficult to buy Panyu first." For the recent market unknown, even fake masks appeared. The staff member said frankly: "Everyone knows the family, they can buy it when it's available. Japan and Taiwan must be expensive." It also refers to the masks that they bought earlier, the masks sold in pharmacies today. Still good.
Mainlanders working in Hong Kong purchase 10 boxes of 4-layer face masks in one go
Some mainlanders working in Hong Kong also bought 10 boxes of masks for 138 yuan for personal use at the pharmacy in Mong Kok today. He said that today, when he saw that the pharmacy in Mong Kok was open, he would check prices everywhere, and when he claimed that masks on the fourth floor sold for 138 yuan, he bought 10 boxes. When asked about the emergence of fake masks in the market, he said, "Everyone knows how to do it. If they don't know if it's true or false, they can buy it first, better than it."
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