Do Grocery Stores Run Out of Alcohol & Hand Sanitizers Amid COVID-19?
GROCERY STORES – Several grocery stores in Kiko Camarin, Caloocan City are reportedly running out of alcohol and hand sanitizers supply.
The Philippine government is now in full alert after several cases of local coronavirus disease 2019 transmission. The rapid spread of the deadly virus is already causing fear and panic to the public.
On Wednesday (March 11, 2020), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has instructed grocery stores and supermarket owners to limit the number of medical equipment being sold to the consumers due to panic buying.
A certain grocery store implemented a rule “Alcohol Limit at 1 Piece Per Customer” since a lot of hoarders buy in-bull and resell them for a higher price.
The Facebook page GMA News has also posted the photos of grocery stores in Kiko Camarin, Caloocan City are running out of alcohol and sanitizers display on their shelves. However, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez also told the public that there’s no need for panic buying.
Lopez also explained that groceries and supermarkets are only running out of alcohol and hand sanitizers to be displayed. He also assured the public that there is no shortage in supply.
“Walang dahilan para mag-panic buying. Lalong nagki-create ng artificial shortage ‘yan lalo na sa araw na iyon,Punong -puno ho ang supply. Kung makikita natin ang mga grocery ngayon naka-stack up lahat ng supply na pagkain,” Lopez said.
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