Hong Kongers have continued stockpiling toilet paper amid fears the city may run out of it, despite the fact that the government has denied the rumor that spurred the panic buying.
Unconfirmed reports had circulated that mainland China would stop exporting certain goods -- specifically toilet paper -- to Hong Kong, as more borders between the two places closed.
The Hong Kong government has quashed the rumors and appealed for calm. Emergency measures, including closing several borders, "will not affect the freight services between the mainland and Hong Kong," the government said in a statement.
"Besides, the government has confirmed with the major suppliers that the supply of food products remains normal and there is no shortage of food. There are sufficient stocks of staple food including rice and pastas. There is no need for the public to worry."
But the reassurances don't seem to have had much effect -- one supermarket's website is so swamped that users have to join an online queue, with a wait stretching for more than an hour.
And many stores' toilet paper and paper towel shelves were empty on Saturday.