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Toilet Paper Shortage Rumors Create Panic in Hong Kong

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According to Lasly/AFP, panic buyers in Hong Kong have descended on supermarkets to snap up toilet rolls as the government warned that online rumors of shortages were hampering the city's fight against a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Videos obtained by AFP showed long queues of frantic shoppers packing trolleys with multiple packets of toilet rolls, with some arguments breaking out. Rice and pasta have also become a popular target for panic buying.

The footage -- and photos of shelves emptied of toilet rolls -- sparked a call from the government for the public to halt panic buying.



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