Convenience stores begin selling lighter, droplet-blocking masks

Convenience stores in South Korea began selling thin, droplet-blocking masks on July 1. Labeled as KF-AD for Korean Filter and Anti-Droplet, the newly stocked masks are now available at CU, 7-Eleven, and Emart24 across the nation.

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Five masks are sold in one package at the cost of 3,000 won. There is no limit to how many masks one person can buy. CU and 7-Eleven plan to supply 500,000 and 350,000 masks a week, respectively. Emart24 is set to sell 1 million masks in the first week of July.

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Public demand for thinner and lighter masks has increased with the weather getting warmer amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approved sales of the droplet-blocking masks on June 5 to provide more breathable, yet safe options for the public.

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Source: The Korea Herald

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