As a novel Amazon is clamping down on merchants looking to take advantage of people's fears about the virus.continues to spread globally,
The online retail giant removed more than 1 million listings for items claiming to cure or defend against the coronavirus, according to a report from Reuters on Thursday. The company also said it removed thousands of items from merchants for .
"There is no place for price gouging on Amazon," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Friday. "We are disappointed that bad actors are attempting to artificially raise prices on basic need products during a global health crisis and, in line with our long-standing policy, have recently blocked or removed tens of thousands of offers. We continue to actively monitor our store and remove offers that violate our policies."
The virus was first reported on Dec. 31 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, more than 89,000 people have been infected worldwide, with more than 3,000 deaths. Cases have been reported around the world, with notable outbreaks in countries including Japan, South Korea and Italy.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health produced theearlier this month. This will help in developing a vaccine, which the says is a year or more away.
Facebook is another company putting its foot down on false cures. The social media company said Tuesday it'll.
Originally published Feb. 28. 6:59 a.m. PT.
Update, 10:25 a.m. PT: Adds additional background info. March 2: Adds Amazon statement.
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