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Knife-wielding gang steals hundreds of toilet paper rolls amid widespread panic over coronavirus shortages in Hong Kong

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They’re wiping everything out!

Knife-wielding robbers made off with 600 toilet paper rolls after mugging a delivery man outside a Hong Kong supermarket Monday morning, according to multiple reports.

The bathroom necessity has been scarce throughout the city because of ongoing hysteria over potential shortages driven by the growing coronavirus outbreak.

The gang stole about $130 worth of toilet paper rolls, all of which were recovered in a guest house just hours later, the South China Morning Post reported.

Two suspects, ages 49 and 54, were taken into custody around noon Monday, local time, but police were still searching for three more people, according to the Hong Kong-based newspaper.

“This is a senseless act and we are shocked,” a spokeswoman from the supermarket chain told the outlet.

Despite the widespread panic taking over the Chinese territory, local authorities insist that the recently imposed restrictions on travel and freight from mainland China has not affected the city’s supplies.

“There is no shortage of food. There are sufficient stocks of staple food including rice and pastas. There is no need for the public to worry,” government officials said in a statement earlier this month.

The newly discovered coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has sickened dozens of people and killed at least one person in Hong Kong. In mainland China, meanwhile, more than 60,000 people have contracted the virus and about 1,700 have died since December.


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