Shoppers empty shelves in Tokyo after warning

BY BBC.COM - Mar 26, 2020 at 10:21am 100

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As we mentioned earlier the Tokyo governor has asked people to stay at home this weekend to try and prevent an "explosive" rise in coronavirus cases.

That seems to have caused people in the city to rush out and stock up on food and essentials.

We hadn't seen this in Tokyo yet, though the pictures of empty shelves are a familiar sight by now from cities around the world where panic buying has been happening.

Officials in the UK, US, Australia, and Hong Kong have warned against buying more than you need and have sought to reassure people there are adequate supplies.

Tokyo has some 212 confirmed cases for a total of 1,200 in Japan.