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Victoria COVID-19: Priceline selling masks for $ 250 an hour before face masks are mandatory in Melbourne

Priceline has been struck for selling face masks for $ 250, five times the regular price, just hours before the coverings become mandatory.

Residents of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a face mask when they leave the house or they will face a fine of $ 200 from 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews warned retailers of price hikes as people rush to get face masks and equipment to make their own.

Images circulating on social media show facial masks sell at Priceline from $ 51.99 before rising to $ 249 for a pack of 50 x N95 masks

Images circulating on social media show facial masks sell at Priceline from $ 51.99 before rising to $ 249 for a pack of 50 x N95 masks

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews enters the press conference with a face mask on July 20, 2020

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews enters the press conference with a face mask on July 20, 2020

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews enters the press conference with a face mask on July 20, 2020

Images circulating on social media show facial masks sell at Priceline from $ 51.99 before rising to $ 249 for a pack of 50 x N95 masks.

Customers beat up the company and accused them of pandemic pursuit of profit.

“Better buy some reusable cotton masks or buy and make Spotlight material by hand,” one person wrote.

“Priceline is now banned in black. That’s horrible, ”wrote another.

“Shame on Priceline, shame on you!” another commented.

“They can’t do this … Completely illegal,” wrote another.

However, others said it was a reasonable price, noting that it was $ 5 for one mask.

So that’s $ 5 per face mask (pack of 50). People ask for more than that in other places, ‘someone wrote.

“$ 249 for 50 N95 masks makes $ 5 a doll that’s not uncommon,” another noted.

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

Priceline explained that the price of the masks represents the quality, price and number of face masks in each package.

In addition, many stores have purchased their own products for their communities, at a time when it was difficult to secure inventory, a spokesperson told Nine News.

“We encourage any customer who wants to know which face mask is right for them to have a conversation with their pharmacist, who will be happy to explain the differences between masks and the reasons for cost variations.”

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 11,784

Victoria: 6,289

New South Wales: 3,599

Queensland: 1,072

Western Australia: 651

South Australia: 444

Tasmania: 229

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 31

TOTAL CASES: 12,428

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 3.202

KILL: 126

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Priceline for further comments.

Aldi, Bunnings and Woolworths have already set limits on face masks to ensure fair distribution.

Victoria registered 374 additional cases and three more deaths on Tuesday as the state battles a second wave of the virus.

The last victims, women in their eighties, ninety and hundred, died overnight, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 42 and the national death toll to 126.

One of the women was an elderly person.

There are now 3,078 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 174 people in the hospital, 36 of whom are in intensive care.

“Analyzing the results of a day is always a challenge, you would like to see the numbers come down,” said Mr. Andrews on Tuesday.

‘At the end of the day, we no longer see doubling and doubling.

“So what that says to me, and I’m sure the Chief Health Officer can talk about this in more detail, is that the type of measures we have in place has a direct impact.”

Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, said that community broadcasts do appear to be decreasing.

“We have seen some stabilization in some postcodes, especially in postcodes where there have been restrictions for a long time,” said Professor Sutton.

“That is encouraging.

“There are other postcodes where the restrictions for phase three have been in place for almost two weeks, but that’s not as long as some of the other postcodes are destabilizing, so I’m still hoping we can see some flattening in declining numbers in those areas. ‘

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

People wearing face masks are walking through Melbourne on July 20, 2020

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