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Amazon removes 1 million products claiming to cure coronavirus

2020-02-28 18:26 by
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Amazon has removed over one million products in recent weeks in a bid to stop merchants profiteering from the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon also removed tens of thousands of deals from merchants that it said attempted to price-gouge customers. The world's largest online retailer has faced scrutiny over the health-related offers on its platform, and earlier this week Italy launched a probe into surging prices around the internet for sanitizing gels and hygiene masks while it battled the biggest outbreak in Europe.

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, first surfaced in the Wuhan region of China in December 2019. As of this writing, more than 83,000 cases have been confirmed with at least 2,800 deaths attributed to the virus.

The health scare has caused disruption around the globe, resulting in travel restrictions, cancelled events and the stockpiling of supplies. Facebook canceled its F8 developer conference and organizers called off the world's largest mobile industry trade show for the first time in its 33-year history. Major participants are already pulling out of next month's Game Developers Conference, too.

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