(INTELLIHUB) — Grocery store shelves in Northern Italy were ransacked and left bare after residents in over a dozen towns were given news of a forced lockdown following a new clustered outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.
Shoppers, some wearing masks, others not, raced to fill their carts with much-needed food and supplies as the announcement of martial law came on Saturday.
As of Monday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spiked to well above 200, signaling the worst.
Grocery stores in regions of Northern Italy host long lines and empty shelves – as residents panic buy amid the recently instated #coronavirus quarantine.
— The Epoch Times Hong Kong (@EpochTimesHK) February 24, 2020
In the town of Milian, residents rushed to get supplies ahead of the lockdown.
Supermarket shelves have been emptied in Milan, as residents stockpile food and supplies ahead of a government-enforced #coronavirus quarantine.
A dozen towns in Italy are in lockdown as authorities race to contain #COVID19 in Europe.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 24, 2020
This was the scene in Milan on Sunday.
Breaking : Long lines seen at local stores in Milano, Italy.
Residents are preparing for possible quarantine.
— Coronavirus Breaking News (@QuakeFury) February 23, 2020
More chaos in Casalpusterlengo, Italy as people rush to stock up on groceries.
Some residents were smart enough to buy masks before the quarantine.
Other mull in a crowd unprotected in the midst of panic buying.pic.twitter.com/ck2nrDiswB
— Alexander Higgins (@kr3at) February 23, 2020