Panic buyers in Hong Kong snap up toilet paper after false online claims of shortages, prompting authorities to appeal for calm as the city’s seven million residents about a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Rice and pasta have also become a popular target for panic buying.
Hong Kong’s government released a statement late Wednesday saying false rumours over shortages of goods such as rice and toilet paper were “leading to panic buying and even chaos”.
The statement blamed people “with evil intentions” for carrying out “the malicious act of spreading rumours when the city is fighting against the disease”.
During this period of time, please be responsible! Do not circulate rumours and false news on the social media platform. And the best measure is to remain calm and obtain valid information from official sources.