Coronavirus: Citizens flood retailers as panic buying sets in

Coronavirus: Citizens flood retailers as panic buying sets in

- Just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa's declaration of a national disaster, citizens have flooded local retailers

- It seems as if panic buying has gripped some regions, with people stocking up on essentials

- Ironically, this violates Ramaphosa's warning over avoiding public places

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Some South Africans have opted to take to the streets of Mzansi to stock up amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

Clips and images of the situation have surfaced on social media, revealing how citizens headed in hordes to retailers.

One of the most popular retailers seems to be Makro where shoppers can be seen with trolleys packed with bulk items.

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As has been seen overseas, toilet paper was reportedly a hot item as people queued to gain entry into the shops. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared the situation a national disaster, calling on schools to shut down early and large gatherings to be cancelled.

While many have heeded Ramaphosa's call to avoid densely populated areas, like malls and shopping centres, it seems the call to stockpile was louder.

Many citizens raised concerns that this phenomenon would only serve to worsen the situation, some pointing out the increased risk of contracting the disease.

Others pointed out that purchasing large amounts of essential items would leave vulnerable people in the lurch.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the total number of reported cases has risen to 61, with the number expected to rise pending the outcome of tests.

Included in this figure is Limpopo's first confirmed case, a doctor who had recently travelled overseas before returning to the province.

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