Togo: Government warns sellers against speculation

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Monday, 23 March 2020 13:05
Togo: Government warns sellers against speculation

(Togo First) - Last Saturday, the government of Togo issued a statement warning sellers against price speculation and refusing to sell some items, amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Among products concerned are milk, rice, wheat flour, vegetable oil, concentrated tomatoes, sugar, pasta, hand sanitizers, as well as gloves and protection masks. 

According to authorities, "this could cause artificial shortages in markets and it goes against Togo's fair trade laws."

To end these practices, trade inspectors, health agents and police forces will be proceeding to unannounced controls across the country and all those who refuse to abide by the law will be severely sanctioned. 

Besides, the government has instructed supermarkets, shops, and stores to strictly respect prevention measures including safety distance, regular hand washing, limiting the number of customers and checking body temperature.

So far, 16 cases have been reported in Togo. 

Octave A. Bruce

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