Covid-19: Panic buying in Germany after cases almost double in 1 day, toilet paper & pasta in high demand

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Nyi Nyi Thet | March 02, 2020, 03:03 PM


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Germany recently saw a spike in cases on March 1, 2020.

There are now 129 confirmed cases as of Sunday, 63 more than the number of reported cases on Saturday.

The virus has also reached nine of Germany's 16 states.

This major uptick in cases comes after one of Germany's most populous states, North Rhine-Westphalia, saw a cluster emerge after an infected couple attended a carnival celebration there.

Perhaps it is this sharp increase in cases that has resulted in many residents in Germany engaging in a familiar-looking phenomenon.

German Twitter users described this as "hamster buying", with the German word for it being established as a hashtag.

Some, though, noted that only certain parts of Germany appear to be more prone to it.

According to DW News, a spokeswoman for one of the country's largest supermarket groups was reported saying they have been noticing rising purchases of foodstuff and canned goods across the country.

The same article noted what kind of products were in high demand.

"According to the chains, Germans are stockpiling long-lasting and canned food, pasta as well as toilet paper and disinfectants."

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