After being berated with racial slurs for not wearing a mask, an Indian man is pursuing charges against a Taiwanese man for “public insult, embarrassment, and verbal abuse.”
On April 29 at 2:40 p.m., the Indian man, a 36-year-old entrepreneur who asked to be identified only as “Mike,” was grabbing a coffee with an Indian national friend at Louisa Coffee in Hsinchu, Taiwan, reported Taiwan News. A Taiwanese man sitting near Mike then approached him, demanding that he put on a mask.
- Some Japanese women are selling their used masks with lipstick stains online.
- A woman in her 30s who lives in Tokyo began selling her used masks in August last year and, within 24 hours, received several inquiries, according to a report from The Mainichi.
- During the first month, she sold four masks for 500 yen ($4) and now makes 3,000 yen ($23) a month selling her used masks as well as underwear and tights for 1,500 yen ($11) and 400 to 500 yen ($3) each, respectively.
- Although the woman has received requests that she reveal her face, she has yet to agree.
- After a third-year junior high school student, inspired by a friend, also began selling used masks in February, former police bureacrat and lawyer Yasuo Sawai has expressed concerns that school students who participate in this trend may be in danger of sexual violence or coercion to sell nude photos.
As the use of facemasks continues to be widespread in Japan, some women are selling their used masks with lipstick stains online.
A woman in her 30s, who works as a company employee in Tokyo, has been selling her used masks, as well as underwear and tights, online since last year after she saw a tweet about another woman selling used facemasks. Since she had already been selling her clothes and accessories online through a second-hand marketplace app, she decided to sell used masks as well, reported The Mainichi.
A Singaporean brand has come up with new face masks that not only protect you from COVID-19 but also from nosy relatives this coming Chinese New Year.
A woman was filmed having a meltdown after being asked by passengers to wear a mask properly while riding a train in Taiwan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unidentified woman reportedly rode the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train from New Taipei City’s Banqiao District to Taoyuan’s Zhongli District bound for Taichung on Sunday without a mask, according to Taiwan News.
A Vietnamese American engineer at the University of Connecticut, along with several Ph.D. students, submitted a patent for a reusable and biodegradable face mask to help the environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The biodegradable mask was created by UConn assistant professor of mechanical engineering Thanh Nguyen, along with Ph.D. students Eli Curry, Thinh Le, and Tra Nguyen, according to UConn Today.
A plane passenger aboard a domestic flight in Japan was removed from the aircraft because he did not want to wear a protective mask.
A comprehensive discount store in Tokyo has launched a campaign that has its employees wearing “smile masks.”
A shipment of 20,000 face masks were recently sent from Vietnam to Britain where personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers are in very short supply.
The life-saving package came from two children in Hanoi who used years-worth of saved “lucky money” to buy and donate the masks, according to The Independent.
A hospital in the Bay Area is currently rationing N95 masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Grace (she requested her last name be hidden), an M&A lawyer and wife of Andrew, a gastroenterologist Doctor.
In an IGTV video posted on Wednesday, Grace spoke of the low medical supplies at the hospital, specifically N95 masks.
Taiwan has promised to donate 100,000 face masks to the United States once its production levels stabilize amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The announcement was made on Wednesday by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu at a press conference held by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), according to Taiwan News.