In Mexico, where consumers have begun to panic buy, the business sector sought to calm the public, saying it was in “constant contact” with federal and state authorities to guarantee transport and replenish stocks.
“The country has sufficient resources to guarantee food, processed products, canned goods, cleaning and hygiene products for all Mexicans. There are sufficient inventories to supply goods to families, homes, hotels, and restaurants,” said the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) in a joint statement signed by 12 trade associations including the National Agricultural Council (CNA) and national retailers’ association ANTAD.
“We are calling on the population to remain calm and responsible, and not panic buy or stockpile products. It is not necessary or fair and it affects those who have urgent needs.
“It is of the utmost importance that we all contribute in the next weeks to contain the exponential propagation of the virus, following health authorities’ recommendations,” it added, calling on Mexicans to show solidarity amid the pandemic.