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|Following directions from the MoIT, retailers have tripled stocks in anticipation of an outbreak|
On the morning of March 7, the MoIT issued a quick notice on the situation of goods supply in Hanoi.
According to quick reports from some retailers, the number of customers has increased sharply since the morning of March 7 but supermarkets can still meet the demand.
Previously, under the guidance of the MoIT and assessing the purchasing demand of people during the epidemic, suppliers have gradually tripled their stockpiles of goods. These preparations are now paying off, as the first COVID-19 infected patient has been reported in Hanoi, raising concern among the populace of the capital.
The MoIT has issued a written directive to retailers (supermarkets and convenience stores) in Hanoi to increase the supply of goods, especially essential consumer goods, to ensure the needs of the people.
Duong Thi Thanh Tam, deputy general director of Vincommerce (the owner of the Vinmart and Vinmart+ chains) also affirmed that the supermarket chains are restocking shelves continuously throughout the day.
However, fears of the epidemic drive Hanoians to supermarkets to stock up on consumer goods.
On the morning of March 7, Hanoi People's Committee continued its meeting on COVID-19 in the capital. The city party secretary Vuong Dinh Hue said, "I spoke with the leaders of large supermarket systems in the area and they committed to ensuring enough goods supply."
The Hanoi party secretary also affirmed that besides the supermarket system, the city has other channels which are capable to ensure the necessities of the people.
"If a large number of shoppers do not take adequate safety measures, there would be risk of contagion. People might worry but they must remain level-headed and practical in protecting the health of their families or informing the functional authorities on their health status," Hue recommended.
Authorities say shortages are only temporary and suggested supermarkets to inform people of the availability of goods. Currently, the city has 455 markets, 26 commercial centres, 142 supermarkets, 1,800 convenience stores, and a large number of online businesses.
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