Minister Maric Sends Out Message to Croatia’s Coronavirus Panic Buyers

Lauren Simmonds

Croatian Finance Minister Maric has issued a message to Croatian panic buyers, and a similar message comes from Podravka which urges people to calm down.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent people into somewhat of a meltdown, despite the numerous explanations and warnings from highly cited scientists such as Igor Rudan (which you can read here and here), that there is absolutely no need to panic. While these warnings go ignored by a significant number of people, shelves in certain shops are quickly running out of produce to fill them

Hand sanitiser and toilet paper seem to be high on the list of Croatia’s numerous panic buyers concerned about the possibility of self-isolation and running out of said items.

”If any shelf ends up empty, we’ve got enough [products] to fill it back up again,” stated Finance Minister Zdravko Maric in a message sent out to residents of the Republic of Croatia during a recent news conference, as Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of March, 2020.

“As far as the supply chain is concerned, there’s enough of everything. Manufacturers and distributors have months to go… If any shelf is empty, there’s enough to be able to fill it back up again,” Minister Maric reassured.

“I have first hand information, we’re talking about increased consumption. I repeat again: there are sufficient quantities of everything, and there will be for months to come. There’s no need for excessive ”attacks” on retail chains and the creation of additional and excessive inventory,” Minister Maric added in an apparent warning to panic buyers who are leaving nothing for others.

“All production is working normally for us. We have several months of supplies, we’ve been preparing for the season so we will ensure the continuity of production, Croatia will not be left without food and medicine,” said a statement from the large Croatian company Podravka, which also urged people to please not stockpile.

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