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Stocks aplenty: After the big supermarket sweep...

Shelves of daily essentials as well as instant noodles being refilled at a FairPrice outlet at Block 212 Bedok North Street 1.Price Finest outlet in Paya Lebar (above) walking past empty shelves last Saturday.
Shelves of daily essentials as well as instant noodles being refilled at a FairPrice outlet at Block 212 Bedok North Street 1.Price Finest outlet in Paya Lebar (above) walking past empty shelves last Saturday.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ARIFFIN JAMAR, EUNICE QUEK, JOEL CHAN
No shortage of toilet paper and rice at Hao megamart at The Grandstand (above).
No shortage of toilet paper and rice at Hao megamart at The Grandstand (above).ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ARIFFIN JAMAR, EUNICE QUEK, JOEL CHAN
Mr Palaniappan Kannarajan (above), 42, owner of Haveen Minimart, which has two outlets in Jurong East, has also stepped up on stock replenishment.
Mr Palaniappan Kannarajan (above), 42, owner of Haveen Minimart, which has two outlets in Jurong East, has also stepped up on stock replenishment.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ARIFFIN JAMAR, EUNICE QUEK, JOEL CHAN
Scenes of panic buying were seen at supermarkets across the island last weekend. A shopper at a FairPrice Finest outlet in Paya Lebar (above) walking past empty shelves last Saturday.
Scenes of panic buying were seen at supermarkets across the island last weekend. A shopper at a FairPrice Finest outlet in Paya Lebar (above) walking past empty shelves last Saturday.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ARIFFIN JAMAR, EUNICE QUEK, JOEL CHAN

Staff at supermarkets and minimarts here are working extra hard to ensure there are ample supplies after last Friday's panic buying

As the snaking queues to buy groceries grew longer, shoppers at the two-storey FairPrice supermarket in central Bedok started abandoning their baskets, including those with frozen food items in them.

It was a few hours after the disease outbreak alert was raised from yellow to orange at about 5.30pm last Friday - and the crowd at the 24-hour FairPrice supermarket at Block 212 Bedok North Street 1 was growing at an alarming rate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Stocks aplenty: After the big supermarket sweep... '. Print Edition | Subscribe