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Shopping in the times of coronavirus

March 17, 2020 08:22 IST

Shoppers around the world stood in long lines, waiting to buy essentials like toilet paper, pasta, bottled water, medicine and masks as a worsening coronavirus crisis stoked fears of shortages.

A view of supermarket shelves starting to empty out as the country is hit by an outbreak of coronavirus disease in Brussels, Belgium. As of Monday night, total number of the patients infected with the new coronavirus surged to 1,058. The virus has claimed five lives in Belgium so far. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

A shopper looks through a near-empty shelf at a supermarket in Amsterdam as people hoard food because of the coronavirus outbreak, Netherlands. The Dutch government decided on Sunday to lockdown the country after holding crisis meetings. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health said the number of infections had risen by 176 to 1,135 on Sunday. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Customers shop inside a wholesale store as El Salvador puts in measures due to coronavirus disease concerns, in San Salvador. Photograph: Jose Cabezas/Reuters

A sign informing customers about a restriction on the number of allowed packets of toilet roll is seen on a shelf inside a Morrisons supermarket in Liverpool, Britain. UK retailers have reminded customers to be considerate in their shopping, so that others are not left without much-needed items. It comes after some shops began rationing the sales of certain products to avoid them selling out completely. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

A supermarket shelf with canned lentil and pea stew is seen partly empty and not yet refilled, following panic buying over the weekend due to coronavirus, in Bad Honnef near Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Empty shelves are seen after customers stocked up on toilet paper during swirling fears around the coronavirus in a grocery store in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jaimi Joy/Reuters

People wearing protective masks, following an outbreak of coronavirus, queue to purchase toilet paper and tissues at a drug store in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

People wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus wait in a line to buy masks in front of a department store in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

A staff sits behind the counter with a notice reading "face masks sold out for today, up to 10 masks limit per purchase from tomorrow 8.30 a.m.", at a pharmacy store, as China is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Cheng Leng/Reuters

A packet of rice is pictured on an empty shelf as people stock up on food supplies, after Singapore raised coronavirus outbreak alert level to orange, at a supermarket in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters