Phenomenon panic buying appeared in Chaoyang district, Beijing, Chinafollowing a significant spike in cases Covid-19 in the Bamboo Curtain Country in recent times.
The panic buying phenomenon arose as a result of residents’ concerns about the possibility of implementing a lockdown if Covid-19 cases continued to rise.
On Sunday (24/4), long queues were seen at several Beijing supermarkets, where residents hunted for goods and basic necessities in large quantities.
As reported AFP, several people were seen carrying strollers filled with food. Not only that, many basic ingredients run out in the shopping app on line when checked by AFP on Sunday (24/4), especially for shipping to Chaoyang.
“People are worried. Everyone is taking things and we are worried that things will run out,” said Chaoyang resident Wang. He also said his family had stored food for a week.
Another Beijing resident, Zhao, was seen piling eggs and vegetables in a shop on Monday (25/4). He also said that the reason for shopping a lot was so that his toddler had enough to eat, even though his family was ordered to stay at home.
“Parents can endure it for a few days, but children can’t,” said Zhao.
A student named Zhang in the Haidian district, Beijing, also ordered dozens of snack packages and 4.5 kilograms of apples, trying to prepare himself for China’s strict policy in dealing with Covid-19.
“I prepared for the worst,” he said Reuters.
Besides panic buyingseveral gyms in the city have also canceled their classes or closed their shops.
Not only that, Beijing implements strict controls regarding visitors who want to enter the city. Visitors are required to have a negative Covid-19 test result within 48 hours.
The Chaoyang District itself is the largest contributor to Covid-19 cases in Beijing City.
Since Friday (22/4), Beijing has reported 47 local Covid-19 cases, of which more than half are from Chaoyang.
Due to the large number of cases, the government is currently conducting mass tests in Chaoyang, Monday (25/4). The test was carried out considering the possibility that the corona virus had ‘silently’ spread a week before it was detected Reuters.
“Deployment [virus] is currently spreading secretly from an unknown source and is increasing rapidly,” said a statement from the Beijing government on Sunday (24/4).
Meanwhile, it was seen that some residents voiced their concerns over the possibility lockdown this.
“If one case is found, this area could be affected,” said one office worker, Yao Leiming, who was on his way to the mass testing site in Chaoyang with a group of colleagues.
Although the figure is relatively small, the Chaoyang government is urging the public to reduce public activities and stop face-to-face private lessons.
However, most schools, shops, and offices in the city are still open.