A shopper wearing a face mask pushes a shopping trolley past empty shelves inside a store in Hong Kong earlier this month. Photo: TNS

Coronavirus: first Hong Kong and Singapore, now ‘virus-free’ Indonesia hit by panic buying

  • The country hasn’t officially confirmed a single case of the deadly new coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands and claimed nearly 1,400 lives
  • Yet shoppers in the archipelago nation of 260 million have still been sent into a panic buying frenzy. The only question is why?
Topic |   Indonesia

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A shopper wearing a face mask pushes a shopping trolley past empty shelves inside a store in Hong Kong earlier this month. Photo: TNS
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Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane is an award-winning Jakarta-based foreign correspondent, editor and former war correspondent.