Prices for medical masks in Russia soared 500 percent

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) named the Russian regions where the prices for medical masks soared the most. This is stated in the message published on the website of the department.

A multiple increase in value was found in 68 subjects of the country (out of 85). “The largest growth in individual names of medical masks was detected in the Ivanovo region (by 485 percent), in the Tambov region (by 431 percent),” the FAS said. In addition, in Ingushetia, masks rose in price by 400 percent, in the Nizhny Novgorod region – by 374, and in the Murmansk and Moscow regions by 354 and 305 percent, respectively. The agency explained that the rise in price is mainly due to the increase in purchase prices. To monitor the situation, the FAS will create an operational headquarters.

Demand for protective equipment has risen sharply due to the spread of previously unknown coronavirus, which causes pneumonia. Some suppliers have already announced a shortage of masks. Prices are rising, despite a warning from Vladimir Putin, who called for the revocation of licenses for pharmacies that inflate the price tag.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced that they are taking all necessary measures in order to prevent a deficit. “In the pharmacy segment, in particular, there was a purchase of masks, which were then exported already outside our country,” the head of the ministry, Denis Manturov, told TASS. He also added that Russia will send two million masks to China as humanitarian aid.

As of February 7, the number of people infected with the virus exceeded 31 thousand, several hundred people died, and 1382 patients were cured. Most of the infected are in China, the first outbreak was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Wuhan. In addition to China, cases of infection have been reported in more than 20 countries, including Russia.

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