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09/08/2020

China‘s first face mask vending machine has been installed to sell 800 masks, but it only allows each customer to buy a pack of two per day. 

People are seen yesterday standing three feet apart in a long queue to purchase the 12 yuan (£1.34) masks in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province of eastern China.

‘I queued for two hours,’ one of the residents told the local media, ‘The price is good, but the only thing is we couldn’t get more masks.’

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People are seen yesterday standing three-foot apart from each other in a long queue to purchase the 12 yuan (£1.34) masks in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province of eastern China

People are seen yesterday standing three-foot apart from each other in a long queue to purchase the 12 yuan (£1.34) masks in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province of eastern China

China's first face mask vending machine has been installed to sell 800 masks a day, but only allowing each customer to buy a pack of two. A couple are pictured buying the masks

China’s first face mask vending machine has been installed to sell 800 masks a day, but only allowing each customer to buy a pack of two.

A couple are pictured buying the masks

Customers are limited to buy two masks day and required to scan their ID before they can make the purchase

The vending machine plans to sell 800 masks per day

The machine, which was placed in the community on Monday, is pictured above.

Residents are seen purchasing the masks by first scanning their national ID to verify their information

Customers are limited to buy two masks every 24 hours and required to scan their ID before they can make the purchase.

After having their ID verified, buyers can pay for the masks on their phones with WeChat Pay or Alipay.

The machine, which was placed in the community on Monday, was designed by Topow, a local tech company with specialising in virtual reality products.   

The company is also planning to launch an upgraded version of the vending machine that can check people’s temperature after scanning their ID, the CEO of Topow, Liu Ke, told .

Although the residents are happy with the price, they are said to wait for as long as two hours

Although the residents are happy with the price, they are said to wait for as long as two hours

After having their ID verified, buyers can pay for the masks on their phones with WeChat Pay or Alipay

But each customer is limited to buy a pack of two every 24 hours

China has ordered its citizens to wear face masks regularly as mandatory protection to stop the virus from spreading.

The picture shows the process of buying masks from the machine

The enhanced vending machine will also alert authorities if a person’s temperature is abnormal, according to Pear Video.

China has ordered its citizens to wear face masks regularly as mandatory protection to stop the virus from spreading.

Globally, fears of the spreading coronavirus have led to a sell-out of face masks as the price soars 800%.

Globally, fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them. The picture shows people in Hong Kong queuing outside a cosmetic store for buying masks on February 3

Globally, fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a run on sales of face masks despite medical experts’ advice that most people who aren’t sick don’t need to wear them.

The picture shows people in Hong Kong queuing outside a cosmetic store for buying masks on February 3

A man is pictured wearing a mask and goggles as he waits in line to buy face masks from a post office near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea

A man is pictured wearing a mask and goggles as he waits in line to buy face masks from a post office near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea

But one medical expert told MailOnline that masks ‘cannot’ protect against the virus and that wearing them may even make it worse. 

Meanwhile Public Health England has warned that there is ‘very little evidence’ that masks are effective ‘outside of clinical settings’ such as hospitals.

Yet recent testing by the Health and Safety Executive has found that any kind of protection is better than nothing.  

People are pictured lining up outside a pharmacy in Beijing to purchase protective masks

People are pictured lining up outside a pharmacy in Beijing to purchase protective masks

A woman wearing a protective mask travels on a Jubilee Line tube train in London as face masks sell out

A commuter wearing a face mask on the central line tube in London

Commuters are seen wearing protective masks travels on the Jubilee Line and the Central Line 

The worldwide toll of those infected by COVID-19 reached more than 96,000 people, including 3,301 deaths. The total number of cases in the UK has risen up to 90 today

The worldwide toll of those infected by COVID-19 reached more than 96,000 people, including 3,301 deaths.

The total number of cases in the UK has risen up to 90 today

Chinese residents are also advised to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres (4.92 feet) away from one another in public.

The deadly virus has infected over 80,400 people in China, including 3,012 deaths.  

South Korea, Iran and Italy are the worst-affected countries outside China as the worldwide toll of those infected by COVID-19 reached more than 96,000, including 3,301 deaths.

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