France to regulate price of hand sanitisers amid coronavirus outbreak
France will put a cap on antibacterial gel prices after pharmacists and consumers reported a steep increase since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday.
A decree regulating the price would be published during the day, Le Maire told French BFM Business radio.
A pharmacists’ union on Wednesday told Franceinfo radio that the price rise was unacceptable, and called for government intervention.
“In this period we’re going through – we have entered a phase that will last weeks and, undoubtedly, months – it is indispensable to have clarity, resilience, sangfroid and determination to stop the epidemic,” Macron said during a visit to the government's virus crisis center.
Sidenote 2: France says it will regulate hand sanitizer prices starting today https://t.co/8GuRMgPlMl— Maria Tadeo (@mariatad) March 4, 2020
Le Maire has urged the French public to refrain from panic-buying amid fears over the virus’s spread, warning that binge-shopping for household essentials could trigger shortages.
France is Europe’s second-most affected country, with health officials reporting a total of more than 200 cases and four deaths.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
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