outbrain
Close  

LOOK: Panic-buying amid lockdown fears in Metro Manila

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 07:55 PM March 12, 2020

 

MANILA, Philippines — Consumers on Thursday flocked to groceries in Metro Manila to stock up food items and sanitation needs amid fears of localized lockdown in the region due to the 2019 coronavirus threat.

ADVERTISEMENT

Government officials and the health department already disowned messages prompting the public to start panic-buying due to a proposed lockdown.

But long lines and empty shelves continue in groceries as panic grows on increasing cases of the fatal disease, which has now soared to 52 confirmed cases in the Philippines.

FEATURED STORIES

Despite the health protocol of social distancing, groceries appeared to be filled with crowds of panicking consumers.

WhatsApp Image 2020-03-12 at 7.29.15 PM.jpeg

Contributed Photo

Supermarket-goers’ baskets and shopping carts are full of toilet papers, canned goods, bottles of rubbing alcohol and other basic needs.

The Philippine health department placed the country under Code Red Sub-Level 1 which means there is heightened surveillance for people with respiratory symptoms, intensified contact tracing and stricter home quarantine.

WhatsApp Image 2020-03-12 at 7.28.28 PM (1).jpeg

Contributed Photo

 

It was raised to this alert level after the Department of Health recorded the first local transmission from the wife of the fifth confirmed case of coronavirus disease.

Once Code Red Sub-Level 2 will be raised, lockdown will be imposed. Sub-Level will be implemented if there is sustained community transmission in the country.

WhatsApp Image 2020-03-12 at 7.28.32 PM.jpeg

Contributed Photo

Currently, DOH reported 52 cases of coronavirus disease in the Philippines. Of which, two are already dead.

The coronavirus disease was caused by the novel coronavirus, which was first emerged from Wuhan City of Hubei province in China.

ADVERTISEMENT

International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.

The coronavirus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but old people and those with existing health conditions will be at high risk for the disease. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which surfaces have a crown-like appearance. The viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: groceries, Metro, Metro Manila, panic buying, shoppers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.