Masks, disinfectants in low supply as China virus spreads

Pharmacies in Beijing and Shanghai were running low on surgical masks and disinfectants Wednesday as a deadly new SARS-like virus…

Pharmacies in Beijing and Shanghai were running low on surgical masks and disinfectants Wednesday as a deadly new SARS-like virus spread ahead of the busy Lunar New Year travel period.

More people than usual were seen wearing masks on the streets and several stores AFP visited had run out of stock — to the dismay of customers.

The rush to step up protective measures against the new coronavirus came after it infected more than 400 people across China.

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