Supermarket shelves empty as Covid-19 cases rise in China


Supermarket shelves were emptied as new Covid-19 infections continue to rise in China.

Footage shows shelves of meat and vegetables left bare after residents started panic-buying in Chengdu on July 28. Grocery supplies were also cleared out in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, where localised lockdowns were enforced on August 2.

China is currently experiencing its worst Covid-19 outbreak in months, with 328 local transmissions recorded across at least 26 cities since July.

The spate of new cases, attributed to the Delta variant, started in Jiangsu province where the majority of the local cases have been tallied.

Authorities have enforced mass testing, travel restrictions, and targeted lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus.