The Ministry of Commerce of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recently issued a notice of “stocking daily necessities” to meet the needs of daily life and emergencies. The announcement triggered a panic buying wave across China.

On Nov. 3, supermarkets, residents, and commercial departments in Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Henan, Hangzhou, and Qidong, Bangbu, Anhui, and other cities confirmed that there had been varying degrees of buyer competition for goods for the past few days, according to Sound of Hope, on Nov. 4, 2021.

People have been racing to buy food in various places in China recently, and some supermarkets are running out of carts. Some people are buying 600 kg of rice at a time.

A netizen took a photo of a busy store in Tian ning district, Changzhou city, Jiangsu province, as large stocks of noodles, veggies, and cooking oil are placed into a customer’s car. Another image depicts individuals waiting in line to pay in a supermarket.

On Nov. 3, around 11 a.m., an employee of a supermarket in Tianning District, Changzhou City, claimed that many people came to the supermarket early in the morning to buy daily needs. People generally bought rice, noodles, and oil and waited in long lines for more than two hours to pay. People have been placing orders online since the morning of Nov. 3, “currently, online orders have been placed through four numbers.”

A supermarket employee in Zhonglou District, Changzhou City, informed JiMu News that the “Wuyang wuyang” supermarket’s hundreds of carts were insufficient. “I’m advising consumers today not to go to the store; our supermarket has a comprehensive choice of items, so there’s no need to devote an entire day to shopping.”

Many locals in Qidong city, Jiangsu province, commented on the chaos of waiting in long queues at the cashier counters.

According to a supermarket employee in Qidong city, since the afternoon of Nov. 2, Customers have been swarming to buy rice noodles and other things. “Currently, there are not many products such as rice noodles on the shelves, and the orders online are also quite a lot, supermarkets can’t replenish goods in time.”

According to an employee of a prominent grocery chain in Bangbu, Anhui province, on Nov. 3, as soon as it opened, many customers entered the shop, far more than usual, just as during the festival promotional endeavors.

Li Li, a Chongqing resident said, she had not seen anything like that in a long time. The rice shelves were bare with nothing left; even so, customers still crowded in to shop.

According to an employee of a large store in Chongqing City’s Shaping District, employees had witnessed customers battling for goods, including rice, cereals, oil, pork, and rice, since the afternoon of Nov. 2. In addition, wheat flour is in high demand, and some items are temporarily unavailable.

An employee said the rush for supplies is primarily due to people worrying excessively about a scarcity of vital food after hearing about a notice from the Ministry of Commerce unrelated to the epidemic.

According to an employee at a large supermarket on Zourong Road in Yuzhong District, panic shopping has been going on since the afternoon of Nov. 2, because the supermarket has run out of rice, there isn’t much flour left, but meat is still available, and frying oil is plentiful.

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