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Booming face mask producers in China meet global demand

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A staggering 8,950 new manufacturers started producing masks in China from January to February 2020, according to business data platform Tianyancha

Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

WATCH: How to sew your own face masks, as taught by designer Santi Obcena

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Whether for donating or your own use, here's how you can make your own face mask

German army loses 6 million masks in Kenya

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:57 PM

A German army shipment of 6 million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus vanishes in Kenya. It isn't immediately clear why the shipment was transiting through there, a spokeswoman says.

DOST, private partners to produce 500,000 reusable face masks

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine Textile Research Institute hopes to start production by end of next week

Photo and logo from the DOST-PTRI

Hong Kong political rivals woo voters with free face masks

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Politicians from both the pro-democracy camp and its pro-Beijing rivals have seized on the face mask shortage, beginning a charm offensive with voters even before official campaigning kicks off

FACE MASK POLITICS. Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillor Eason Chan gives a resident face masks and cleaning products at a public housing estate in Lam Tin in Hong Kong on March 14, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Indonesia busts Malaysians for virus-mask smuggling

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Authorities in Sumatra's Medan city prevent a pair of Malaysians from trying to smuggle 12,000 face masks back to their home country


Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Correctional facilities across Taiwan are taking part in the new scheme to manufacture cloth face masks and face mask protectors to supply their staff and the public

A mask-clad inmates poses with completed masks at a sewing workroom at the Taipei Prison in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan on March 10, 2020. More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority in China, though daily infections are now growing at a much faster pace abroad.

How to spot fake N95 face masks, according to DOH

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Real N95 masks are 'marked with ’N95,’ rigid, thick, and molded for the contour of the face,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

FAKE MASKS. Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo inspects medical stores that allegedly sell overpriced N95 masks along Bambang st. in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday, January 14. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila begins crackdown vs stores 'overpricing' N95 face masks

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:38 PM

Under the Philippine Consumer's Act, sellers found committing unfair sales practices can be fined up to P10,000 or imprisoned for up to one year

PRICE HIKE. Price of face masks rise as Taal Volcano spews ash that falls in dozens of provinces and Metro Manila. Rappler file photo

Stores run out of face masks as Taal Volcano ash spreads to Calabarzon, Metro Manila

Jan 13, 2020 - 5:14 AM

(UPDATED) A day after the start of the volcanic ashfall, we monitored people who apparently bought face masks in bulk on Sunday and are noq selling them at steep prices on online platforms

Situation in Talisay Batangas where residents take shelter in Talisay municipal Hall, Batangaas on late Suday, January 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Thin skin: Japan firm develops ultra-fine spray-on moisturizing face mask

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

After applying an absorbent lotion, users spray the fibers onto their face and a thin translucent sheet is quickly formed, acting as a 'greenhouse' for the real skin below to soak up the moisture and still be able to breathe

SO THIN. An employee for Japanese cosmetics company Kao removes a super thin transparent layer after using a palm-sized diffuser on her face, during a product demonstration in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Hong Kong anti-mask law 'unconstitutional' – High court

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The restrictions it imposes on fundamental rights... go further than is reasonably necessary... and therefore fail to meet the proportionality test,' the court says, according to a press summary

DEFIANCE. Pro-democracy protesters participate in a rally as they march through Hong Kong's Wanchai district on November 2, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

New protests as Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban

Oct 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Carrie Lam is expected to meet her cabinet to decide whether they should enact the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban all face coverings

MASKED PROTESTERS. A masked pro-democracy protester holds up his hand with other demonstrators to symbolize their 5 demands, during a protest against an expected government ban on protesters wearing face masks at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

Mar 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks air purifiers and pollution monitors

Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Ten Chinese cities were on red alert for smog on December 24, state media reported, as large swathes of the country suffered through their fourth wave of choking pollution this month. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR