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Covid-19: Maharashtra government caps prices of masks

PTI Mumbai | Updated on October 21, 2020 Published on October 21, 2020

Wearing mask in public places is mandatory for all citizens as part of the government’s guidelines to prevent the virus spread

N-95 masks can be supplied at ₹19-49, while double and triple layers at ₹3-4 per unit

The Maharashtra government has capped the prices of N-95, double and triple layer masks for suppliers and private hospitals in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, state health minister Rajesh Tope has said.

Wearing mask in public places is mandatory for all citizens as part of the government’s guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

“We have put a cap on the prices of masks and the rates which can be quoted by their suppliers and private hospitals,” Tope said on Tuesday.

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The N-95 masks can be supplied in the State in the price range of ₹19 to ₹49, while double and triple layer masks will be available at ₹3 to ₹4 per unit, he said.

“Suppliers can quote 70 per cent of MRP of the mask while hospitals can charge patients up to 110 per cent of the purchase price. No hospital will be allowed to charge more than 110 per cent of the procurement price,” Tope said.

The Food and Drugs Administration commissioner and district-level officials can be contacted in case of complaints, the minister said.

Till Tuesday, Maharashtra reported 16,09,516 Covid-19 cases and 42,453 deaths due to the disease, as per official figures.

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Published on October 21, 2020
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