Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases increase | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Panic set in across Taiwan after 16 local COVID-19 cases were reported in a single day, sparking fears that the Central Epidemiology Command (CECC) would issue a Level 3 Epidemic Warning.

At a press conference on Wednesday (May 13), Health Minister and CECC President Chen Shih-chung (中) announced 21 new cases, including 16 local cases in four different parts of the country. Earlier in the day, Chen told legislator Yuan that the epidemic alert could be raised to level 3 that day, but later backtracked, saying it would be issued “in the coming days.”


Instant noodles will disappear from the shelves. (Facebook, Road Monitoring College photo)

16 local cases represent the largest number recorded in Taiwan in a single day since the outbreak. If a Level 3 warning is placed, people must wear a mask at all times when leaving, and indoor meetings will be limited to five and outdoor meetings will be limited to 10.

Inspired by the rise of lawsuits and the possibility of higher restrictions, Taiwanese consumers flocked to hypermarkets and supermarkets and e-commerce sites during emergencies. Like previous panic-buying frenzy, the Taiwanese also used toilet paper, antibacterial laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, alcohol-based disinfectant, surgical masks, meat, fresh products and instant noodles.

Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases are on the rise
(More about Facebook, Danshui photo)

In response, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said it was monitoring the situation through various channels. According to the ministry, some stores have reported removing such products from the shelves, but deny that they can be repaired as needed and that there is no shortage.

There has been a massive increase in sales of staples and anti-infective products on e-commerce sites. However, they say they have accelerated their exports and have the capacity to handle increased quantities.

Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases are on the rise
(Facebook, Boom 2 Commune Photo)

Taiwanese Netizens posted pictures of long lines and blank shelves asking, “Could you be quiet?” Others point out that under the Level 2 epidemic warning currently being cited, the CECC is calling on people to avoid crowded places to reduce the risk of spreading.

Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases are on the rise
(Facebook, Boom 2 Commune Photo)


Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases are on the rise
(More about Facebook, Danshui photo)

Taiwanese empty supermarket shelves when local COVID cases are on the rise
The long line seen at the renewal in the new Taipei. (Facebook, I photographed Jange)

Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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