A bra company has found a new way to support its local community – by switching production to face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Atsumi Fashion Co. will make the masks by repurposing women’s underwear.
The move came after it was announced Himi, Japan, which the city the company's factory is based in, was down to its last 600 face masks.
Japanese officials said this week that there had been "no surge of infected patients that led to the collapse of the medical environment".
By using cloth lining from bras the company now has plans to ramp up its production and give 1,000 masks to medical and educational institutions, prioritising those in greatest need.
The switch in production came after an employee realised similar materials were being used in disposable masks and staff are now working after hours to get them made.
“We hope we can contribute to society as the mask shortage continues,” said Hiroshi Hinata, the company’s sales manager. “Even these masks can prevent the virus from spreading to others through coughing or sneezing.”
A masked scammer was recently seen going door-to-door in North Staffordshire selling items claiming to protect people from contracting coronavirus.
CCTV footage shared by Paul Reeves, who lives in Smokies Way, Gillow Heath, captures the man knocking on a home in a bid to do business with the locals.
Officials in the UK have said a further 89 people were diagnosed with the virus, pushing the nation's total to 280, taking the UK total to 4,072.
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