Face masks with the national flag of Taiwan printed upon them. Photograph:( Others )
Wearing a facemask with the Taiwan flag on it would be extremely humiliating and embarrassing for any Chinese national as Taiwan and China have always been at loggerheads with each other.
It has printed its national flag on the facemask to ensure so that no Chinese national buys it or even steals it in case of dire need, reports said.
As the number of infections and confirmed positive cases soar in China, the Chinese purchase of the facemasks rapidly began to deplete the global supply.
Capable of churning out over 20 million masks daily, China is now faced with acute shortages. With the death toll escalating to over 635 people, panic buying is taking a toll on the availability of preventive masks even as Beijing has also put curbs on exports of raw materials and equipment used to make masks.