Free Cloth Masks Distributed in Japan is Found Defective
April 29 , 2020
The free cloth masks distributed amongst pregnant women in Japan are reported to be defective. The initiative was taken by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet the "chronic shortage" of masks in the country. At the cost of $430 million, the government had supplied each household with two washable and reusable masks. However, when received by the people, they have complained about the masks being stained and dirty. As per Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the number of damaged masks had risen to nearly 30,000 out of 500,000. On the matter, Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters that the safety of the masks would be checked and the administration will tighten the scanning of the masks at its manufacturing plants.