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Coronavirus concerns prompts Kesennuma City to extend policy of free distribution of masks to people with disabilities

Previously, the free distribution had been limited to pregnant women, but will now also distributed to persons with disabilities in the 1st and 2nd grades of disability and those who are receiving home oxygen therapy. 

Written with extracts from the Kahoku Shimpo Online News

February 12th 2020

KESENNUMA CITY, MIYAGI Pref – In response to the spread of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, Kesennuma City, in Miyagi Prefecture, announced on February 10th, that it will expand the scope of the free distribution of masks. Previously, it had been limited to pregnant women, but will now also distributed to persons with disabilities in the 1st and 2nd grades of disability and those who are receiving home oxygen therapy.

One box (50 packs), can be distributed to one person due to the shortage of masks at pharmacies in the city. Estimating a total of about 600 people, Kesennuma City has stockpiled at evacuation shelters for disasters. A certificate for the physically disabled is needed.

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