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Hongkongers rush to get free Cu face masks from govt

06 May 2020

By The SUN

The CuMask is reusable and has 6 layers of protective materials

A total of 1.38 million Hong Kong residents have applied to get the free reusable mask from the government, only eight hours after the website for this purpose opened today, May 6.

After just two hours, 170,000 people had successfully completed their registration, said Alfred Sit, secretary for Innovation and Technology, which is handling the distribution of the so-called Cu face masks.

The CuMask is made of six layers of materials, two of which are specially made with small quantities of copper, which can stop bacteria, common viruses and other harmful substances. Its six layers serve an effective barrier to droplets.


Sit told a radio program that the system was operating smoothly, and advised people not to rush as there will be enough masks for everyone.

The registration opened today and will last until Jun 6.

Everyone with a valid Hong Kong ID card is entitled to get the mask (meaning, including migrant workers and other temporary workers), except babies and infants. The mask will be mailed and should reach the applicant’s home within two weeks.

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Students in primary schools and kindergartens will receive child- and child (small)-sized mask later through their schools.

Each registration can be for a maximum of 6 people, including one main registrant aged 18 or above and five additional people. But each resident can register only once, as the system will reject duplicated registrations.

Those who missed the online registration may still go to the Post Office in person and present their HKID to receive the mask after the one-month online registration has ended.

To apply, click this link:


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