Wholesaler Sadul Marin buys masks from Babubazar in Dhaka and supplies these to shops in Narayanganj. On Wednesday too he went to Babubazar and within an hour bought 5,000 masks for TK 10,100.
At around 3:00pm, after buying the masks, Sadul Matin told Prothom Alo that he had bought 10,000 masks for Tk 11,000 just two weeks ago. Prices have almost doubled. He said over the past two weeks the price of masks has been increasing every day.
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There is a wholesale mask market under the second Buriganga bridge in Babubazar. Most of the masks supplied to Dhaka and other districts of the country, come from Babubazar. The increased prices in the wholesale market have pushed prices up in the retail stores too. Salesperson of Janata Pharmacy at Dhaka’s Khilgaon intersection, Md Masud, said on Wednesday packets of 50 masks were sold for Tk 150 from the store. It was Tk 20 cheaper just a week ago.
Businessmen said that this is a second wave in the sales and the demand for masks. Over the last few months the demand for masks had slumped and so had prices. But the market has picked up again with the resurgence of coronavirus transmission and deaths. The government too has taken up a drive to ensure people wear masks.