The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in panic-buying and stockpiling of supplies across the globe. Toilet paper, anti-bacterial soaps, alcohol gel and especially, surgical masks were considered a luxury.
With the recent spike in Coronavirus cases across Thailand, citizens are back at it again; buying surgical masks in bulk.
A convenience store manager in Trang tried to take advantage of the rise in demand by selling surgical masks at 10 THB each.
In 1999, the Royal Thai Government passed the Price of Goods and Services Act to place a price cap on masks at 2.5 THB each. Violators of the law can face up to 5 years in prison. Earlier this year, seven vendors were prosecuted for the same crime.
With a possible second wave ensuing, the Government has asked that citizens who witness a surcharge of masks and other goods to contact the Department of Internal Trade’s hotline 1569.