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South Korea Rations Face Masks in Coronavirus Fight

SEOUL—Just right before 1 p.m. on Friday, Son Jae-son marched to his regional pharmacy, trying to find a prized product in South Korea: his weekly ration of two face masks.

South Korean overall health officers have urged all citizens, even healthier types like Mr. Son, to put on filtered masks, resulting in the product to disappear from shelves. With his prolonged family down to just a handful of masks, Mr. Son’s coronary heart sank when he noticed that the drug store—which had posted a indicator indicating it would have clean stock at 1 p.m.—had previously attracted a sizable line….