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Panic Buying in Penang Starts After First Covid-19 case Reported

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Now, people in Penang have joined the trend of panic buying.

It all started after the state announced a suspected case of Covid-19 on Mar 9. Within the same day, A Facebook user, Ms C posted pictures of loaded trolleys in a supermarket in Penang.

However, things took a turn for the worse the next day when a confirmed Covid-19 case was reported.

New Straits Times reported the patient is an employee of American data communications and telecommunications equipment provider Motorola Solutions.

It is learnt that the employee had returned to work in the state with flu-like symptoms, after visiting Kuala Lumpur over a week ago. The company is currently working closely with the Health Ministry and following their guidelines to minimise the risk of further exposure.

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“All our staff in Penang will work from home for the next two weeks and all necessary actions are being taken for them to return after that time. Additionally, all of our facilities are being sanitised,” Motorola Solutions director of communications, Damien Batey added.

News of the confirmed case sparked panic and fear among Penangites.

On Mar. 10, the panic buying situation worsened, as shelves in supermarkets were completely wiped off.

Credit: Oriental Daily
Credit: Oriental Daily

According to Oriental Daily, biscuits and instant noodles were flying off the shelves at supermarkets. But one of the main items that quickly sold out were again … the toilet paper rolls. And a lot of penangites also rushed to get supplements in pharmacy.

Tough time people ! Hang in there ..

Source : NST |href=””>Oriental Daily