Coronavirus: Panic buying in Seoul as cases grow

People waiting to buy masks at a market in Daegu, South Korea, yesterday. South Korea has raised its virus alert to the highest red as the number of cases continues to spike, hitting 833 yesterday, with more than half linked to a cluster of infection
People waiting to buy masks at a market in Daegu, South Korea, yesterday. South Korea has raised its virus alert to the highest red as the number of cases continues to spike, hitting 833 yesterday, with more than half linked to a cluster of infections in a secretive church in Daegu.PHOTO: REUTERS

Housewife Catalina Yu got a shock when she popped into the grocery store near her house in southern Seoul on Sunday.

"All the food was gone and I thought a war had broken out. But it appeared that people were just stocking up," she told The Straits Times. Ms Yu, 47, lives in the upscale Seocho district, where three cases of coronavirus sparked panic buying over the weekend.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2020, with the headline 'Panic buying in Seoul as cases grow'. Subscribe