People queue to buy protective face masks at a store in Manila. Photo: AP

Coronavirus: panic buying in Manila, some flee to countryside as first Filipino fatality confirmed and cases rise to 49

  • Supermarkets were packed with shoppers buying items from toilet paper to beer after the president gave a speech meant to reassure residents
  • Some people are leaving the capital as health authorities prepare to impose lockdowns if local transmissions get out of control
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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People queue to buy protective face masks at a store in Manila. Photo: AP
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