According to Reuters, residents in Chaoyang district, Beijing, have started stocking up on groceries. The panic comes after district authorities designated the area as ‘high-risk’ on Sunday, April 24, and ruled out that its residents must take three COVID tests this week.

Chinese officials have assured citizens that food supplies are sufficient. However, BBC reported that long queues of people have appeared at supermarkets and shops. On social media, netizens have started posting photos and videos of empty shelves at some stores.

Di, a Chaoyang resident, said, “Shanghai was a lesson.” He referred to the current draconian lockdown in Shanghai that has caused public outrage over food shortages and other tight measures.

In case his building is sealed, Di, 63, has bought two bags of vegetables in advance. He thinks that it would last for 8-10 days. At the moment, a dozen buildings have been put under lockdown.

State-run Beijing Daily newspaper reported that China’s e-commerce food delivery service Meituan has increased personnel and stocks. Supermarket chains like Carrefour and Wumart have doubled their inventories. They have also extended their opening hours to meet people’s needs.

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