Nationwide lockdown creates panic buying among public
The announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 21-day nationwide lockdown from Tuesday midnight in view of the coronavirus threat led to panic-buying of essential items in many parts of the national capital.
The prime minister appealed to people not to panic, saying thronging shops will pose the risk of spread of Covid-19
. "There is absolutely no need to panic; the Centre and states will work together to ensure availability of essential commodities, medicines, etc," he said.
However, people fearing shortage and rise in prices of the commodities queued up in large numbers in front of grocery stores, vegetable vendors and medical shops.