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Photos of Panic Buying of Groceries Amid 2019 Novel Coronavirus Goes Viral

SINGAPORE – The politicians and supermarket chains in Singapore told the shoppers to avoid panic buying of groceries and to remain calm.

On Saturday (February 8, 2020), many photos of Singaporean nationals queuing in long lines due to panic buying are now circulating online. Grocery items also began flying off shelves a few days after the coronavirus outbreak in the area has been raised to SARS level alert.

Singaporean politicians Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Ng Chee Meng, and Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh urged the public to remain calm and not to hoard groceries. Supermarket owners also told the public not to panic.

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Chan also assured the public that the supermarkets have sufficient supply of canned goods, rice, instant noodles, and other basic commodities after the shoppers bought a massive amount of grocery items leaving the shelves empty.

“There is no risk of us running a shortage of essential food or household items. We also have our national stockpile for essential items,” Chan said.

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The Singaporean government raises the disease outbreak level to orange, which is just below the highest level of red. Orange means that the viral outbreak might cause moderate to high impact on the public’s health.

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The government made the announcement after three locals confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus although they have no travel history or links to China.

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