5 Feb 2020 13:22

Some pharmacies in Russia's Tyumen out of medical masks

TYUMEN. Feb 5 (Interfax) - Some pharmacies in the Russian city of Tyumen are out of medical masks due to a high demand for them.

Demand for masks increased sharply on Friday when it was reported there was a confirmed case of coronavirus in the Tyumen region, the pharmacy chain Farmland, with 80 pharmacies in Tyumen, told Interfax.

Only some pharmacies currently have masks, but there are plans to replenish their reserves on Thursday.

Two pharmacies of the Apteka ot Sklada chain are out of masks. Masks are also sold out in the Kinea chain, but employees said they are expecting more. The information service for Farmokopeika said the chain's pharmacies have enough masks at several locations.

According to earlier reports, two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Russia, in the Transbaikal Territory and the Tyumen region. The patients in both cases are citizens of China. Galina Sharukho, the head of the Tyumen directorate of the Federal Service for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor), said on January 31 that there is no risk to residents of Tyumen, thanks to the timely isolation of the Chinese student confirmed to have coronavirus.

It was reported on February 4, that Russians evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan would be accommodated in a rehabilitation center located 30 kilometers outside Tyumen. A total of 144 people have been evacuated from China on two Russian military planes.