If you are thinking of heading to the nearest supermarket in the next few days to stock up on food items and other essential items, hold on to your thoughts.

This is because there is sufficient food supplies and other items for everyone, to last the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has assured.

Its minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said as such, there is no necessity for people to resort to panic buying.

"The ministry has received information that people in several places have resorted to panic buying, following the announcement (on the CMCO).

"We guarantee that supplies of food and other essential items are available in sufficient amounts, and at reasonable prices," the New Straits Times (NST) reported him as saying in a statement.

Alexander further advised the people to buy what is necessary only and refrain from hoarding and stocking up on supplies.

According to the minister, his ministry has also mobilised enforcement personnel nationwide to ensure that supplies are sufficient and traders do not hike up prices.

He urged consumers to make online purchases so that movements outside can be restricted, in order to break the COVID-19 transmission chain.

Panic-buying sprees were witnessed nationwide when the government implemented the Movement Control Order (MCO), back in March, after the pandemic broke.

New COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the three digits daily, forcing the government to implement the CMCO in "red zones" (cases with more than 40 active cases), including Selangor, KL, Putrajaya, and Sabah.

As of yesterday afternoon, a total of 16,880 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the country, with 163 deaths.

The global COVID-19 infection and death tally have surpassed 38.3 million and 1.09 million, respectively.

Source: NST
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