Corona Virus Triggers High RI Mask Prices Highlighted by Foreign Media – Masks were hunted when the Corona Virus outbreak in Wuhan, COVID-19 increasingly spread to a number of countries. Its sales in pharmacies have increased dramatically, the impact of mask stocks becoming scarce, and the price of masks having been boosted up.
The new Corona virus from Wuhan has caused concern among people in various regions in Indonesia.
High demand makes the prices of masks at retailers and distributors go up. This makes the stock of masks in a number of pharmacies sold out in just one day.
This phenomenon stole the attention of international media from Singapore. The Straits Times reviewed it in an article titled Coronavirus: Price of a box of N95 masks costs more than a gram of gold in Indonesia. Bandar Ceme 303
Through the article, the media highlighted the price of a box of masks that were predicted to be more expensive than one gram of gold.
“The price of a box of masks for the first time has exceeded one gram of gold,” said a mask retailer published in The Straits Times, Saturday (02/15/2020).
It was said that the price for a box of 3M N95 masks containing 20 which was sold at Pramuka Market, the largest market in Jakarta for the sale of medicines and other medical equipment, had increased seven-fold to 1.5 million rupiah (around S $ 150). While the price of one gram of gold in Indonesia is currently Rp. 800,000.
The surge occurred despite the fact that there was not a single case of the Corona Virus, which originated from Wuhan City has not yet been detected in Indonesia.
Types of masks that become prey
There are four types of masks sold by pharmacies, namely ordinary masks (surgical masks), N90 masks, carbon masks, and hijab masks. Almost all types of masks have a price increase.
For masks of type N90, pharmacies in the Cikini area sell at IDR 50 thousand. This price rises from the original Rp33 thousand per mask.
Jacklyn said, “If outside or at retail prices can go up fivefold, but in this Pharmacy it goes up from Rp33 thousand to Rp50 thousand, so it’s almost double,” he added.
For other types of masks that are sold in South Tangerang pharmacies, such as ordinary masks and hijab masks sold per 4 pcs for Rp 8,500. But if per box, this mask is sold at a price Corona Virus Triggers of Rp 35 thousand contents of 50.
Unlike in the Cikini area, this type of mask is sold at Rp. 72,000 per box, which means it has increased to 70 percent.
“All these types of masks are usually stocked with 5-6 boxes per new stock. But now only one day came, it was sold out the same day, “said Jacklyn, a pharmacist at one of the pharmacies in Cikini.