Hong Kong customs officials are carrying out a large scale city-wide special operation to crack down on stores selling fake surgical masks amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Officers with the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department have conducted spot checks on almost 200 stores across the city, including pharmacies, chain stores, and other shops that sell the face masks.
"The spot check operation focused on three aspects of surgical masks, namely false origin claims, non-compliance with consumer goods safety standards and false trademarks," a statement from the customs department said.
The operation, codenamed "Guardian," is to ensure masks sold in Hong Kong comply with consumer goods safety standards.
"Immediate announcements will be made if any irregularities are spotted during the operation," the statement said.
The crackdown comes as supplies of face masks are running low in Hong Kong. Long lines of residents queueing outside pharmacies and stores are a common sight around the territory.
Hong Kong has now confirmed 10 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus.