- Enough supply of essentials, Govt assures S’poreans after panic buying at supermarkets
SINGAPORE — The Government has come out to assure Singaporeans that there is an ample supply of essentials, after the raising of the risk assessment level of the novel coronavirus situation here sparked panic buying at supermarkets.
Photos of long queues and empty shelves at supermarkets have been circulating on social media after Singapore raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) alert level to Orange on Friday (Feb 7) afternoon. This refers to a situation in which a virus is spreading in Singapore but not widely, and is being contained.
Shoppers have also encountered difficulties buying groceries online due to high demand. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing sought to assure Singaporeans that there is no need to rush for essential supplies like rice or instant noodles. “Our supply lines for these essentials are intact and there is no risk of us running a shortage of essential food or household items. We also have our national stockpile for essential items,” Mr Chan said in a Facebook post.