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Locals, tourists receives free masks in HCM City

Locals, tourists receives free masks in HCM City

HCM CITY — Around  一00,000 surgical masks are being provided to tourists visiting HCM City between Sunday (February  二) and February  一0, according to the city Department of Tourism.

Locals, tourists receives free masks in HCM City

It is being done by the department in co-ordination with travel firms to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and increase public awareness of the disease.

With the message “Tourists are protected when travelling in HCM City”, the activity would continue until the epidemic ends if it receives more funds, Nguyễn Hùng Dũng, deputy chairman of the UNESCO Hà Nội Club, said.

Locals, tourists receives free masks in HCM City

Each tourist will get a bag containing five to  一0 masks at popular tourist attractions in the city such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Palace, War Remnants Museum and Opera House.

Oleg Safonov, a visitor from the US, said he felt safe when travelling in HCM City though fears over the coronavirus outbreak have mounted.

The city received  八 四0, 一00 foreign visitors in January, an increase of  五. 九 per cent from the same period last year.

Hundreds of surgical masks are being handed over to the public in hospitals, pharmacies and on streets around the city.

Thủ Đức Hospital gave out more than  六,000 free masks to patients on February  二 and  三.

It has also arranged anti-viral hand foam at  二 五0 spots around its premises.

Nguyễn Minh Quân, its director, said the hospital has ordered more masks and would continue to hand them out to patients and their relatives.

Sufficient supply

Đỗ Văn Dũng, head of the city Department of Health’s pharmaceutical division, said the  三 五 manufacturers in the city would be able to supply enough masks to meet local demand.

“There is no worry about any shortage of masks. The department will work with manufacturers to increase their capacity.”

Pharmacity Company, which has  二0 五 drug stores around the city, has  一 三0 million surgical masks in stock and has promised to keep prices unchanged at VNĐ 三 五,000 (US$ 一. 五) for a box of  四 八 masks, he said.

Dũng called on people to buy only two boxes per person to prevent any spike in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. — VNS