Consumer rights watchdog has a stark warning for anyone cashing in on coronavirus

The statement come in the wake of the first case in the UAE
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Consumer rights watchdog has a stark warning for anyone cashing in on coronavirus

After it was announced the deadly coronavirus has reached the UAE, the demand for facemasks has understandably increased.

But the Department of Economy in Dubai has warned that pharmacies should not raise the price of masks, and if they do, they will be forced to reduce them again.

The news comes as facemasks are currently being sold online on Amazon for as much as Dhs699 a piece. They usually retail for around Dhs170.

However, the UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection has advised that as the virus has been contained, there is no cause for alarm.

Coronavirus infections attack the respiratory system, which can lead to pneumonia, and as the infection is highly contagious, you can cut the risk of infection simply by washing your hands thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds before, during and after food preparation.

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