Covid-19: Government Decides to Regulate Prices of Medical Masks and Hydroalcoholic Gels
As part of precautionary measures in the wake of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the government has decided to regulate prices and control the distribution channels of face masks and hydroalcoholic gels.
The decision was made following a meeting held Saturday by the Inter-ministerial Price Commission and which took stock of the availability of face masks and hydroalcoholic gels and their selling prices, said a release issued by the ministry of economy, finance and administration reform.
"In order to combat speculation on the prices of these products, the government has decided to regulate their prices and control their distribution channels in order to make them available to citizens who need them," the statement pointed out, adding that the maximum prices will be published at the Official Bulletin of Tuesday March 17, 2020.
With regard to the availability of the two products at the various sale points and their compliance with health standards, the government ensures, in collaboration with the professionals in the sector, the supply of the necessary quantities of medical masks and hydroalcoholic gels through the stimulation of local production and the acceleration of administrative import procedures, the source added.
The ministry recalls that only those who are infected should wear medical masks, adding that frequent hand-washing with soap and water helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.