Taxi drivers, call center employees and foreign workers are among those who will get 10 masks each under a program to provide the protective equipment to a range of at-risk workers, the government announced Thursday.A total of 3.65 million masks will be provided through May 8, the Ministry of Employment and Labor said. The masks will be distributed via trade associations and related government agencies.Since the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in Korea, residents worried about the highly contagious illness have been buying masks more quickly than manufacturers can make them. Since March 9, the government has controlled the distribution of masks by limiting them to two masks per person each week.The government said it will give 230,000 masks to call centers with less than 300 employees and 690,000 masks to delivery workers and taxi and bus drivers at businesses with less than 50 employees. Another 1.2 million will be given to small manufacturing plants with less than 50 workers where employees are exposed to harmful fumes and airborne dust. Sailors, who have to work in close quarters for extensive periods, will receive 200,000 masks. Foreign workers will receive 160,000 masks. The Labor Ministry also said the government is… Read full this story
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