Sharks circle as virus scare spreads

23 February 2020 - 05:06 By PENELOPE MASHEGO

As pharmaceutical and health-care companies worldwide battle to meet increasing demand for surgical masks in the midst of global shortages, a potentially lucrative secondary market has cropped up, resulting in prices skyrocketing.

Surgical masks have become the go-to protection against the coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 2,000 people,
according to the World Health Organisation - and as the death toll rises, so does the global demand for masks...

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