“The average price of one mask is 6 rubles, the maximum price of 50 rubles is fixed in Murmansk,” the press service quoted Ivan Dziuban, deputy chairman of the Mher Coordination Council.
He clarified that all monitoring data is sent to the Federal Antimonopoly Service. Activists also hold solitary pickets and leave stickers “Here prices are overpriced” on the front doors of pharmacies.
The demand of Russians for medical masks on online platforms has grown significantly amid reports of the spread of coronavirus from China, the largest Russian online retailers told RIA Novosti earlier.
At a meeting with the government, the President of the Russian Federation had earlier proposed to take away licenses from organizations that had inflated the prices of medical masks and medicines, trying to cash in on the situation around the coronavirus.
On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is 2019-nCoV coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-2019. The number of infected in China has already exceeded 63.8 thousand people, 1380 have died, 505 people have been infected outside of China, including two cases in Russia.