Without any criteria, as demand increased, the merchant increased the price of hand sanitizers. It varied between 25 euros and 150 euros. Profit margins between buying and selling were between 50 and 500 percent. This Greater Lisbon stockist was one of the targets of one of ASAE’s actions in recent days, and is suspected of the crime of price speculation.
The targets of ASAE’s new inspection action have returned mainly to pharmacies, but also warehouses and stores that are selling alcohol-based masks and disinfectants.
The speculator who sold the disinfectant gel for 150 euros was inspected following a complaint about the “possible practice of speculative prices in the sale of hand sanitizer, aka‘ alcohol gel ’”.
Regarding the operation carried out this Tuesday, there are still no official results. ASAE sent the storekeeper’s case to the Public Ministry, with a proposal to open a criminal case for speculation.
In the last week, the Food and Economic Security Authority inspected 30 locations for the sale of these protective products associated with Covid-19. Among this universe there are already five crime investigations.
Military Laboratory is producing two thousand liters of disinfectant gel per day
The Military Laboratory has doubled its capacity since February and is producing two thousand liters of disinfectant gel daily for the Armed Forces and the National Health Service (SNS) due to the covid-19 pandemic.
According to information from the Ministry of National Defense, “since the beginning of February, the Military Laboratory for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Products (LMPQF) increased the production of disinfectant to meet the expected increase in demand”, having doubled the production to 2,000 liters.
And “in order to be able to respond to the requests of the National Health Service, the acquisition of new equipment and the constitution of a new production team are in progress”, reads a note, in response to questions from the Lusa agency.
In another area, in the tests, the “laboratory procedure” of the Biological Defense Laboratory for the detection of coronavirus “in biological samples”, is “in the validation phase with the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA)”, according to the same information.
The validation process for this technique “involves sending five positive samples and five negative samples to INSA, which, after being confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory”, INSA, will give “autonomy to the Army for the detection” of the new coronavirus.
“This laboratory technique will be carried out with commercial ‘kits’, validated for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, and the capacity to analyze 4,000 samples is foreseen at this stage,” the note from the Ministry of National Defense also reads.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 400,000 people worldwide, of whom about 18,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
In Portugal, there are 33 deaths, 10 more than the day before, and 2,362 infections confirmed, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, which registers 302 new cases in relation to Monday (14.7% more).