09 March 2020 – Implemented mask rationing system to purchase of two masks per week

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Type of Intervention: Medical products and medicines
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: South Korea launched a nationwide mask rationing system to stabilize supply.

South Korean citizens will be allowed to purchase two masks per week from pharmacies on designated days determined by the last digit of their birth year: 1, 6 on Mondays; 2, 7 on Tuesdays; 3, 8 on Wednesdays; 4, 9 on Thursdays; 5, 0 on Fridays.

Those under 10 and over 80 can have a family member purchase masks on their behalf, provided they submit valid identification and a government-issued housing document.
Full details here: https://www.mfds.go.kr/brd/m_74/view.do?seq=43738&srchFr=&srchTo=&srchWord=&srchTp=&itm_seq_1=0&itm_seq_2=0&multi_itm_seq=0&company_cd=&company_nm=&page=4