Lockdown threat due to Covid-19 send people into panic buying


MANILA — The lockdown threat due to Covid-19 sent some Filipinos in Metro Manila into panic buying mode, according to a report.

On Wednesday, Sandra Aguinaldo of 24 Oras, reported that people continue to hoard necessities such as disinfectants and food due to a lockdown threat in Metro Manila.

Apart from the alcohol supply, consumers also targeted canned goods, vegetables and meat products in a grocery story in Quezon City.

“Hindi natin alam, mamaya ila-lockdown nila edi mas mabuti nang handa tayo sa lahat,” Melody Arbis, a citizen from Quezon City said.

Meanwhile, in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Davao City and Zamboanga City, food and disinfectant supply were also sold out.

As a result, Malacañang advised consumers to refrain from panic buying despite the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo advised the public to buy only what was needed as panic buying and hoarding would only result in price increases.

The Department of Trade and Industry also assured the public that there is ample supply of food and other necessities.

While a lockdown threat in the metropolis is just a threat and not yet implemented, Philippine National Police chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa earlier said more or less 40,000 policemen will be deployed in case they get a go signal from the Department of Health.

Source: GMA News

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