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Softbank to supply 300 mil. face masks per month to combat virus

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    Kyodo

Tokyo, Japan   /   Sun, April 12, 2020   /   01:50 pm
Softbank to supply 300 mil. face masks per month to combat virus The logo of SoftBank Group Corp is displayed at SoftBank World 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 20, 2017. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son said Saturday his technology conglomerate will supply at cost 300 million face masks per month in Japan from May to help overcome shortages caused by a coronavirus epidemic-driven demand spike.

In a Twitter post, Son said his group has teamed up with a major Chinese auto and electronics group BYD, which has started making masks.

"Softbank will work with the government to supply masks to the medical community, and to as many people as possible," he said.

The deliveries will include 100 million medical or surgical masks to support health care workers fighting the virus on the front lines.

Last month, he tweeted that he would donate coronavirus testing kits to 1 million people, but he later said he would donate 1 million masks instead.