According to the Straits Times, Singaporean users rushed to buy toilet paper out of concern about the coronavirus even when the supply at supermarkets was completely stable.
At a Fairprice store in Joo Koon, a customer is checking 16 bags of rice in a shopping cart. Another customer had to queue for 45 minutes to buy the last egg cartons. “There are a lot of out-of-stock items” like free supermarkets, “he said.
Ben Aguilar, a 33 year old driver, shopping at Fairprice supermarket said: “I have never seen this crowded here. I have to buy processed meat because all the fresh meat is gone, ”Mr. Ben recounted. However, he did not worry much about this: “This is Singapore, everything will be okay”.
Jeff Chiew, 29, and his wife went to Sheng Siong supermarket in Canberra to buy instant noodles. “Everyone reserves, I do the same, but I just have to wait a little longer. Nothing too crazy, ”Chiew shared. The couple also delayed their trip to Malaysia on the weekend to stay home.
However, not everyone hoarded goods. Latifah Kamil, a 31-year-old mother and child, said she would not buy anything unnecessary. “I’m a bit worried because my baby is only 5 months old and I need to take extra precautions. However, I will not go out and reserve food. Life is still as usual, ”said Kamil.
Grocery items sold online at Amazon’s RedMart, FairPrice, and Prime Now sell out quickly because many people are restricted to crowded places. Dairy Farm spokesman revealed that the demand has increased significantly in the past 2 weeks. High demand items are hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes and masks …
Sheng Siong spokesman said the supermarket chain has enough goods to provide food and toiletries for customers.
According to a supervisor in Isetan Scotts, customers are rushing to buy Thai rice and meat to reserve.
On February 8, President Halimah Yacob called on Singaporeans to remain calm and not to conduct “not useful to themselves or the community”.