Coronavirus outbreak

Fears remain but some semblance of normalcy returns

The scene at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall yesterday. Though some places saw far smaller crowds over the weekend, others saw things returning to normal with many heading out to cafes and bars and malls.
The scene at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall yesterday. Though some places saw far smaller crowds over the weekend, others saw things returning to normal with many heading out to cafes and bars and malls.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A measure of calm seems to have descended on the island after a surge in panic buying last week sparked by the virus alert level being raised to orange.

It is still a mixed picture but a semblance of normality seems to be returning, with Singaporeans heading out to shopping malls, cafes and night spots.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'Fears remain but some semblance of normalcy returns'. Print Edition | Subscribe