Thursday 30 April 2020
Lemons are in demand during this crisis. Photo: Unsplash

It started off with a war on toilet papers. People from all over the world fought and stole to get their hands on this COVID-19 essential. However, that’s not the only item that has seen a surge in demand since lockdown. From sunflower seeds to flour and beer, check out different ways the world is coping with this pandemic.


Middle East

black tea during covid-19
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In Afghanistan, black tea seems to be the answer to all problems. According to the New York Times, misinformation has hampered the county’s corona­virus response. Early on, unproved remedies spread online, one claimed that drinking two cups of black tea would make you immune to the virus. As a result, the run on the ubiquitous black tea briefly tripled prices before the rush calmed.

In Iraq, the stay home order meant spending long hours bingeing on television shows or catching up with family members – both of which require plenty of salted sunflower seeds. Supermarkets are quickly running out of the popular snack as parents and students look to kill time at home, rather than at work or school.



baking ingredients
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In Bulgaria, people rushed to buy ginger and lemons to boost immunity. Meanwhile, other parts of Europe chose to improve on their baking skills during this COVID-19 lockdown. Supermarkets across France, Spain, Greece and other parts of Europe have reported shortages in flour, chocolate and yeast.

As cooped-up citizens try their hand at baking, France’s entrepreneurial home bakers mostly swapped the packed grocery stores for local bakeries to get their hands on raw ingredients. The sudden surge in demand for yeast has also resulted in fake real estate ads offering to switch a downtown flat for one pound of yeast.


South America

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In Argentina, eggs are hot property. 30 eggs used to cost just 160 pesos, or $2.35, but now they run at 240 pesos or $3.52. However, in Mexico, priorities are a little different. When the country went into its lockdown, beer giants Heineken and Grupo Modelo – which makes the country’s beloved Corona brand – announced they would stop producing. That prompted a wave of panic purchases and a strong Twitter campaign: #ConLaCervezaNo, or “Don’t mess with the beer.”



bread during ramadhan
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In Tunisia, people panic bought garlic, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that these home remedies do nothing against the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Algerians are stocking up on semolina, used for bread and pastries, during Ramadhan.

Source: AFP Relaxnews