According to Hong Kong media, supplies such as masks and cleaning products are in short supply in Hong Kong after the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. Before that, there was a rush to buy masks in many pharmacies in Hong Kong. After the rush to buy masks, toilet paper and tissue products in supermarkets in Hong Kong continue to be the target of the public, and shelves have been emptied for a long time. According to Hong Kong media, there were rumors on the Internet that the factories of mainland toilet paper producers were unable to return to production because of the epidemic prevention. It is expected that the supply of toilet paper to Hong Kong will be interrupted, and people in all districts will immediately rush to buy it.
Subsequently, the supermarkets food shelves were also emptied. Some people wanted to buy cans in the supermarket. They were surprised that there was only one can of lunch meat left on the shelves, and the shelves selling instant noodles and rice were empty. Star Island daily reported on the 8th that a supermarket put out a notice on the shelf, referring to bleach, white rice, roll paper, sterilized wine, flour paper and other goods, each customer can only buy 2 pieces per transaction.
The goods on the supermarket shelves have been snapped up. (photo source: Star Island daily, Hong Kong)
Previously, the Hong Kong government announced that from 0:00 on February 4, the number of ports that temporarily stopped providing passenger customs clearance services increased from six to ten. At present, there are only three ports connecting Hong Kong with the mainland and other countries, namely, Hong Kong International Airport, Shenzhen Bay Port and Hong Kong Zhuhai Macao Bridge Hong Kong port.
People buy in supermarkets. (photo source: Star Island daily, Hong Kong)
On the matter of Hong Kong peoples rush to buy food and daily necessities, the social media account Timothy under the Hong Kong SAR government has sent messages more than once saying that the supply of food and daily necessities will not be affected, and the public does not need to panic. Tamatai also said that according to the requirements of the SAR government, rice producers must reserve enough stocks for the public to eat for 15 days. The industry also has additional inventory to cope with emergencies. More than 80% of Hong Kongs rice comes from Southeast Asian countries, with stable sources, the paper said. As far as we know, rice merchants always deliver goods according to the orders of retailers, so there is no need for the public to rush to buy them.
Hong Kong people line up to buy goods. (photo source: Star Island daily, Hong Kong)
The government also said that in order to ensure that the supply of materials and food can cooperate with the work of epidemic prevention, people who are engaged in related industries in both places will be exempted from compulsory quarantine. In addition, a spokesman for the SAR government once regretted that rumors were spread maliciously during the anti epidemic period, and condemned such malicious rumor makers for the fact that there have been many rumors in Hong Kong in recent days that there is a shortage of rice and toilet paper and other materials, leading to a rush to buy and even chaos.
Rumor has it that there is a shortage of rice and other materials in Hong Kong, leading to chaos in the publics rush to buy
The Hong Kong SAR government announced in a press release on the evening of the 5th that there have been rumours of shortages of rice and toilet paper in Hong Kong, which have led to peoples rush to buy or even confusion.
The total number of confirmed cases of pneumonia in Hong Kong has increased to 25, 5 of which are locally infected
At a press conference on February 7, Chief Secretary for Administration Zhang Jianzong said that as of 2 p.m. that day, the number of confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia in Hong Kong had increased to 25.