Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
header

Pharmacies profiting from coronavirus will be shut down: Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin Wednesday ordered the closure of pharmacies accused of hiking the prices of face masks, as demand soared over fears that the deadly coronavirus could spread.
Speaking at a government meeting, Putin said profiting from the brisk sales of masks was wrong and pharmacies that engage in price gouging should be punished. “They should be stripped of their licenses to carry out their work, that’s all,” said the 67-year-old leader, who likes to burnish his man-of-the-people image. “They’ve decided to rake in the cash,” he added, saying officials could make an example of some pharmacies to deter the rest. He said Russia had a wide network of pharmacies so nobody would experience drug shortages.
Russia, which shares a 4,000-kilometre border with China, has two confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Both patients are Chinese citizens and they are being treated in hospitals in Siberia. Russia has closed the land border with China and introduced several other measures to halt the spread of the virus. Some complained on social media that some pharmacies have sold out of surgical masks as many rushed to stock up.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who is in charge of a task force to battle the spread of the virus, told the meeting that one pharmacy chain had hiked the prices of masks. “Some pharmacies have increased prices to between 70 and 100 rubles ($1.59) whereas a mask would sell for 1.5 rubles before the New Year,” she said at the meeting with Putin. The government has set up a telephone hotline for people to report price gouging, she said. “We have got the situation under control,” she added.

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Wararka xiga

Haddii Muuse Biixi diido inuu soo dhaweeyo Farmaajo yaa wax ku waayaya: Warbixin

February, 17, 2020
Waxa maalmahan soo baxaya warar sheegaya in madaxweynaha ...

Horjooge Siciid Deni oo weriye u masaafuriyay Muqdisho: SAWIRO

February, 17, 2020
Dhawaan ayay ahayd markii weriye u shaqayn jirey ...

Argagixis isa soo dhiibey oo ka hadley waxa iska bedelay

February, 17, 2020
Waxa magaalada Xudur ee gobolka Bakool lagu soo ...

Siiriya oo argagixisada ka sifaysay gobol muhiima

February, 17, 2020
Ciidanla Siiriya ayaa argagixisada uu taageero Sucuudiga iyo ...

Qoysas hore u barakacay oo hadda u dhimanaya gaajo iyo haraad Buuhoodle

February, 16, 2020
Qoysas aad u farabadan oo hore abaari u ...

Dhacdooyinka

Dawlada Somaliya oo looga digey inay soo celiso Somalida Shiinaha ku nool

February, 7, 2020
Dawlada Somaliya ayaa loogu baaqay inayna soo qaadin ...

Badhasaabkii diinta caayay oo Muuse Biixi difaacay

February, 6, 2020
Dhawaan ayay ahayd markii badhasaabka fadhiidka ah ee ...

Warbixinta gabadh shan jira oo Hargeysa lagu kufsaday

February, 5, 2020
Waa arin aad looga argagaxo markaad maqasho gabadh ...

Dawlada Somaliya oo qaaday talaabo ay ku xaqiijinayso xadka Kiiniya: XOG

February, 5, 2020
Dawlada Somaliya oo ciidan ahaan sii xoogeysanaysa taas ...

Cudurka halista ah ee hargabka Shimbiraha oo ka dilaacay Sucuudiga

February, 4, 2020
Urur caafimaadka aduunka ayaa xaqiijay in cudur halisa ...

Gobolka Harawo maanta iyo xilligii hore midkee faaiido qabaan: Falaqayn

February, 3, 2020
Waxa falaqaynta diyaariyay saxafiga da'da yar ee Faysal ...

Badhasaabkii diinta caayay ee Awdal oo toobad keenay iyo Sh Xasan oo u jawaabay

February, 1, 2020
Dhawaan ayay ahayd markii fadhiidka Muuse Biixi u ...