Saturday, 29 February 2020

People with surgical masks look on at station Tanah Abang, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, in Jakarta, Indonesia February 13, 2020. Prices of face masks spiked nearly 10 times in Indonesia triggered by fears over the spread of the deadly coronavirus, as a consumer group head urged the authorities to step in to regulate the growing price. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Woman wearing a mask shops for surgical masks at a whole-sale market for medical stuffs, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 13, 2020. A seller in Jakarta's Pramuka market that sells medical equipment told Reuters a box of 50-piece mask is now being sold for around 20 dollars, compared to approximately two dollars before the outbreak. He said the prices increase daily by nearly a dollar. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Boxes of surgical masks for sale are displayed at a wholesale market for medical items in Jakarta, Indonesia, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, February 13, 2020. Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, has so far not recorded any cases. But locals have been hoarding masks on worries that prices will increase should there be an outbreak in the country of 260 million people. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Boxes of masks for sale are displayed at a whole-sale market for medical stuffs, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 13, 2020. Locals said they could not find new masks in many places and had to wear their old ones over and over. The price-gouging selling is not due to scarcity but due to hoarding practice in the 'middle level' like distributors for the return of higher profit, head of Indonesian Consumer Foundation said. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

People shop for masks at a whole-sale market for medical stuffs, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 13, 2020. "Someone has distorted the market. We ask the government to regulate ceiling price for health equipment like masks," said local, adding that there is no regulation on price setting. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A vendor wearing a mask waits for customers while a man looks at a protective suit displayed for sale at a whole-sale market for medical stuffs, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 13, 2020. Authorities around the world sought to calm panic buying of masks seen as a guard against the fast-spreading coronavirus. Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines had arrested nearly a dozen of people for selling overpriced masks, according to local reports. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan