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Coronavirus crisis: Masks in claw machines in Taiwan

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Authorities have warned vendors hoarding these essential items could face penalties.

Surgical masks and alcohol wipes have been found in claw machines in Taiwan, as the country faces a shortage of medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Authorities have warned vendors hoarding these essential items could face penalties including large fines of up to NT$2 million (A$98,000), according to local news website Liberty Media.

Taipei City Councilor Chen Yijun told the publication she had seen medical supplies in dozens of vending machines around the city, which could be a violation of pharmaceutical laws.

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Surgical masks and alcohol wipes have been found in claw machines in Taiwan.

It comes after Taiwan lowered the price of protective masks across the country in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare released millions of masks through convenience stores, the Taiwan Times reported.

There are currently 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.

People wear face masks and walk at a shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan.

The death toll stands at 425, one of which is in the Philippines, the only confirmed death outside of China.

Chinese health authorities reported more than 20,000 cases.

The World Health Organisation said the number of cases will keep growing because tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-crisis-masks-and-alcohol-wipes-in-vending-machines-in-taiwan/5c175696-c00f-43f9-b23a-67727e9507d2

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