28m masks distributed to the public

August 7, 2020

The Government distributed about 28 million disposable adult masks to some 2.8 million residential addresses in Hong Kong in the past month, with each household receiving 10 masks.


The masks distributed are the first batch procured under the Local Mask Production Subsidy Scheme, reflecting the Government's aim to share masks with the public as part of the city's fight against the virus.


Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said that there was a very significant surge in the global demand for masks and supply was very tight with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world at the beginning of this year.


The domestic mask supply market, which relied heavily on imports, suffered from widespread shortages and high prices as a result, he added.


“In response to these challenging circumstances, the Government broke the mould and took swift action to develop and implement the scheme which facilitates the establishment of 20 local mask production lines by providing subsidies in order to stabilise supply and to build up stock to meet the needs of the Government and the community.”


Mr Yau explained that the scheme opened for applications in March and after 20 approved production lines secured certifications to begin mass production, there has been a successful distribution of masks to some 2.8 million residential addresses across Hong Kong.


“All this took place within merely five months. This would not have been possible without the concerted efforts of all parties. It is a true testimony of Hong Kong's adaptability and perseverance during tough times."


Pursuant to the scheme, the Government will procure masks from the subsidised production lines for a one-year period. As of July 31, the 20 production lines collectively delivered over 56 million masks to the Government, of which about 28 million were distributed to the public.


Anyone who has not received the pack of masks or has any questions about the mask distribution exercise should call 183 6136 or email from next Monday at 9am.


Furthermore, as of July 31, the Government disbursed a total capital subsidy of approximately $14 million to the 20 production lines. Click here for more details.

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