Amid the medical mask shortage in Thailand, a vending machine for surgical masks is now in operation in Samut Prakan province.
It is the second mask vending machine after one for fabric masks opened on the Airport Link train route in early April. People in Samut Prakarn shared a photo of the medical mask vending machine, creating excitement among netizens. The machine sells disposable medicine masks at Bt100 per pack consisting of 10 pieces. The three-layer surgical mask offers 95 per cent protection against bacteria, and is located in front of Serm Suk Market 2, Bang Bo district.
Aid packages circulated to thousands in Khon Kaen district
About 3,000 residents of Ban Haet district in Khon Kaen province queued up in the early hours of Sunday to collect aid packages and cash assistance.
A total of Bt300,000, mainly from donations, was distributed. Each person was given Bt500 cash.
The distribution of aid packages was supposed to start at 8 a.m. but people had already begun lining up at 4 a.m.
The line was two kilometres long, requiring police and soldiers to join local government officials in the distribution.
People were also examined for body temperature.