‘Buy as much as possible’

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – People in Taiwan were told to buy as much as possible during the coronavirus outbreak, as the island’s premier struck a distinctly different approach to panic buying by advising them there was plenty to go around and it would support the economy.

While Taiwan has only reported 108 cases of the virus, large rises in recent days from people returning from overseas has prompted some people to rush to supermarkets to stock up, even as the government says there is no need to panic and it will punish hoarding and profiteering.

Writing on his Facebook (NASDAQ:) page late on Thursday in a post entitled “Buy as much as possible, there’s plenty of goods”, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said it was the ideal opportunity to buy more Taiwanese products in a boon for the economy.

“Taiwan is a kingdom of fruits, a kingdom of fisheries, and

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