JOHOR BARU: Most pharmacies here have run out of face masks with some even posting up signs telling customers that the item was not available.
Checks at pharmacies here revealed that only a small number of three ply face masks were available.
The more durable N95 masks were not available at all.
An assistant at a pharmacy in Plaza Sentosa here, who declined to be named, said it might take a few days before the three-ply face masks stock arrived, as the supplier had ran out of stock.
She added that the N95 masks were also not available as the last time it was mass produced was during the SARS outbreak in 2003.
Another pharmacy assistant, who wanted to be known as Wong, said that they were forced to turn down hundreds of customers looking for face masks.
She added that most of the pharmacies have retained the price of masks but have chosen to limit the number purchased by each customer.
Checks by The Star revealed that a pack of 50 face masks were sold from between RM15 and RM25.
Masks packed in packages of five were sold for RM2.
Meanwhile, many parents and students who were unaware of the state Education Department's order for schools in Pasir Gudang to be closed yesterday were greeted by closed gates in the morning.