12th February 2020 – (Singapore) There are now a total of 47 COVID-19 cases in Singapore and the country was declared to be on ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition’ (DORSCON) orange level alert by the local government on 7th February.
Panic buying of essential items such as rice, toilet papers and tissue boxes by Singaporeans has prompted the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to give reassurance via a 9-minute recorded message on Sunday. He said “fear can do more harm than the virus itself” amid reports of long lines and hoarding at local supermarkets. He then laid out steps residents can take to help prevent the spread of the virus, like exercising good hygiene, while assuring them that the city had enough supplies of enough goods.
Condoms were unexpectedly sold-out at many pharmacies and grocery stores . Most people would assume that Singaporeans would stay at home more often and indulge in sexual intercourse. However, it seems like Singaporeans have been using the condom as a protective measure when touching the elevator buttons in their apartments and other buildings to prevent being contaminated.