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Sharp to ramp up global output of surgical masks

Electronics maker plans to eventually sell direct to consumers

People wearing masks in Jakarta, Indonesia. Demand for the protective gear has surged as the coronavirus has spread.   © Reuters

OSAKA -- Electronics maker Sharp will produce surgical masks at sites in Europe, India and China to answer the sudden demand caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, it's chief executive said Wednesday.

"This could also become a long-term, sustainable business," Chairman and President Tai Jeng-Wu said in a message to employees. The starting dates and the scales of the operations will be determined later.

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