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World Hundreds of toilet paper rolls stolen amid coronavirus fears

01:20  18 february  2020
01:20  18 february  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Toilet rolls are currently in short supply in Hong Kong due to shortages caused by panic-buying during the coronavirus outbreak. Knife wielding men robbed a delivery man outside a supermarket in the Mong Kok district, police said. Police have arrested two men and recovered some of the stolen loo

Police in Hong Kong have arrested two men and are searching for a third after the group stole about 600 toilet paper rolls , in a robbery likely sparked by coronavirus fears that have gripped the city.

Armed men allegedly took off with hundreds of rolls of toilet paper in Hong Kong as coronavirus fears have left the bathroom necessity in short supply. Toilet paper has have become a hot commodity since the outbreak of the virus on mainland China.

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Three knife-wielding robbers stole 50 packs of toilet paper rolls — or hundreds of rolls — from a supermarket delivery man on Monday, police said, according to Reuters. The armed robbery occurred in Mong Kok, a district with a history of crime gangs, BBC News said.

Police eventually caught two of three thieves and recovered all of the toilet paper valued at $220. Authorities were still looking for the third man involved. CBS News reached out to the Hong Kong Police Force for an update, but did not immediately hear back.

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Fears of shortages due to coronavirus . The South China Morning Post reported that criminals stole 50 packs of the paper worth around 0 Wow, I thought I needed tp bad…#stolentp #hongkongtp # coronavirus # toiletpaper "Masked men stole hundreds of rolls of toilet paper in HK amid

Armed robbers in Hong Kong made off with hundreds of toilet rolls worth more than HKD1,000 (0; £98).

In addition to toilet paper, Chinese and residents of nearby countries have begun hoarding supplies of everything from masks and other personal protective gear to instant noodles and cooking oil.

The World Health Organization put the global death toll from the virus as of Sunday at 1,669, all but three in China, and said there were 51,857 lab-confirmed cases, all but about 700 in China. About 2% of the people who contract the coronavirus will likely die of it, according to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization.

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