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South Koreans brave morning chill to queue for face masks

Residents queued in front of a department store in Seoul on Friday (February 28) to buy face masks, after a shortage of masks hit the country amid rising coronavirus cases.

South Korea has limited the export of face mask to a maximum of 10 percent of total production, and distributed masks to public retailers including post offices and chemists, according to the government.

Outside of the Seoul department store, which was allocated 170,000 face masks, hundreds of people were seen waiting in line before the store opened Friday morning. Each person is allowed to buy maximum five face masks.

South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 2,022, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

(Production: Daewoung Kim, Hyunyoung Yi, Minwoo Park)

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