Armed gang in Hong Kong steals toilet rolls amid coronavirus scare

Street cleaners wait in line to receive free face masks in Hong Kong, China. EPA-EFE/JEROME FAVRE

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Armed robbers who stole hundreds of toilet rolls were being hunted by Hong Kong police on Monday, in a city wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.
Toilet rolls have become hot property in the densely packed business hub, despite government assurances that supplies remain unaffected by the virus outbreak.

Supermarkets have found themselves unable to restock quickly enough, leading to sometimes lengthy queues and shelves wiped clean within moments of opening.

Alongside toilet rolls, there has been a run on staples like rice and pasta as well as hand sanitizer and other cleaning items.

People in Hong Kong reacted with a mixture of bafflement and merriment to the heist.

The city, which has 57 confirmed coronavirus cases, is currently experiencing a genuine shortage of face masks.

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