The great supermarket sweep - the race to restock rice, toilet paper and instant noodles

Shoppers at Hao megamart on Feb 13, 2020. The crazy crowds in supermarkets last weekend have led shoppers to give their local minimarts a second look.
Shoppers at Hao megamart on Feb 13, 2020. The crazy crowds in supermarkets last weekend have led shoppers to give their local minimarts a second look.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

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

A few hours after the disease outbreak alert was raised from yellow to orange at about 5.30pm last Friday (Feb 7), the crowd at this 24-hour FairPrice supermarket at Block 212 Bedok North Street 1 was growing at an alarming rate.

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