Face masks in the country are expected to retail for as low as Sh5 as the government has begun the process of mass manufacturing.

The government has started manufacturing protective masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for prevention against Corona Virus disease.

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Trade and Industry Betty Maina disclosed that the Kenyan textile industry has risen up to the task and is currently able to produce as many masks as required including PPEs.

The samples have already been presented to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) for testing and confirmation of compliance with Kenyans standards, the CS said today during the daily briefing on the status of Coronavirus at Afya House.

She disclosed that the material which is in stock among the manufacturers is sufficient to make 60 million masks with immediate effect.