Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will
distribute cloth face masks to roughly 50 million households in
Japan as stocks of disposable masks have run out at drugstores and
other shops amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The distribution, which will start later this month, is part of
the economic package that the government will compile next
week. Each household with a registered postal address will
receive two washable cloth masks, Abe told a meeting of a
government task force.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government’s mask story is… crickets chirping.