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The government said Friday it will lift a ban on reselling face masks and disinfectants because suppliers have ramped up production enough to resolve nationwide shortages spurred by the coronavirus.

Punishable by up to a year in prison, a ¥1 million ($9,500) fine or both, the ban was imposed to deter scalpers. It is expected to be lifted this month, although the exact timing isn’t immediately clear.

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