Panic buying in T.N. cities sparks chaos
Physical distancing, masks ignored as crowds throng markets
- Chaotic scenes prevailed at markets and shops in major cities in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai, as people scrambled to stock up on essentials ahead of the four-day “complete lockdown”.
- Physical distancing norms were compromised and the mandate of wearing masks ignored in the rush even as 66 more persons in the State, including 43 in Chennai, tested positive for COVID-19.
- With only a day to stock up and a 1 p.m. deadline for shops to close, the people in the three major cities thronged the shops from early in the morning.
- The situation was equally bad in Tiruppur that will be shut for three days, but in Salem, where severe restrictions would be imposed, shops were closed.
- The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority and Chennai Corporation added to the confusion by announcing that vegetable and fruit shops will remain open during the “complete lockdown”.