India has prohibited the export of all types of personal protection equipment, including masks and clothing, with immediate effect in view of the rising threat from the coronavirus. The government made some policy amendments to initiate the action. Indian manufacturers had raised production of such items keeping in view the rising demand.

“Export of all varieties of personal protection equipment including clothing and masks used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and/or any other respiratory masks or any other personal protective clothing [including coveralls (class 2/3/4) and N95 masks] is prohibited with immediate effect till further orders,” a notification by the ministry of commerce and industry said.

The first case of coronavirus in India was confirmed in Kerala, the health ministry said.