Turkey has started distributing free-of-cost masks to the public in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic at a time when many European countries are struggling with the lack of medical equipment and protective gear.

The state machinery is working hand-in-hand to combat the deadly outbreak which has pushed the world into crisis mode.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week ordered that masks will not be sold anywhere, but be distributed free-of-cost to people.

When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Turkey, some opportunists tried to sell masks, cologne, disinfectants at extremely high prices.

However, the Trade

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