Bangladesh will receive 70 lakh pieces of masks from Japan for free, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque.
He was addressing a press meet over coronavirus at the ministry auditorium on Thursday in the capital.
"The government of Japan will provide 70 lakh pieces of masks to Bangladesh which will reduce mask shortage in the market."
Regarding the mask shortage in the local market, the minister said not everyone is required to wear masks.
"Only those affected with cough or fever can use it to prevent spread of the diseases," he added.
When asked about the coronavirus situation, the minister replied that no Bangladeshis were infected with the virus.
"We have installed scanners in all river, land and airports. Besides, on arrival visas for Chinese citizens, particularly from Wuhan, is temporarily unavailable as part of extra cautionary measure," said the health minister.
The minister also informed that the 312 Bangladeshi students are under quarantine process for 14 days, and they are receiving foods sponsored by the government.
Other government high-ups and health officials were present during the press conference.