Coronavirus panic-buying leads to empty shelves in Nairobi

Friday March 13 2020

Tuskys Supermarket on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Panic shopping set in across Nairobi Friday afternoon after Kenya announced its first case of Covid-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus.

Posts and pictures of people panic-buying toiletries and foodstuffs proliferated on social media.

Following the rush by Nairobi residents to stockpile amid fears of spread of coronavirus, Tusker Mattresses Limited CEO Dan Githua issued a statement urging the public to be calm.

“Tuskys has this afternoon noticed a shop floor traffic spike primarily arising from Covid-19 related panic shopping.

“We wish to assure the public that the panic is unnecessary. We have engaged our suppliers and received firm commitments that we shall continue receiving the necessary supplies at the standard prices,” Mr Githua said.


Liquid soaps are sold at a Nairobi supermarket after announcement of the first coronavirus case in Kenya on March 13, 2020. PHOTO | AFP