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Lithuanian PM calls on residents not to succumb to panic-buying

BC, Vilnius, 14.03.2020.Print version
As the Lithuanian government plans to introduce quarantine, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has called on people not to succumb to panic-buying and not to put food shops under siege, reported LETA/BNS.

The prime minister underlines that the government is not taking any measures to restrict food buying as, in his words, retailers have assured there's no threat of food shortage in the country.

"There are not restrictions on sale, food buying and one should really not succumb to that wish, that panic to buy more and stockpile. We have really been assured and know that there will be no product shortages, unless we start buying inadequate amounts of them, then supplies might face disruptions," the prime minister told journalists today.

He also underlined that during quarantine, as foreigners will be banned from entering Lithuania, no commercial transport bringing in food and other necessary goods will be restricted.

The prime minister also says that marketplaces and other food-selling places have been ordered to follow higher hygiene standards, for example, to use disposable gloves and use disinfectants.

Retail chains told LETA/BNS on Saturday people are actively wiping shelves of shops and pharmacies and are buying food and sanitary products, disinfectant liquids.

Retailers say they have plenty of goods in their warehouses and people will not feel any shortage but staff members often fail to fill in shelves in time. Meanwhile, pharmacies say people are often asking for disinfectants, supplements and anti-cold medicines.

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