Hong Kong faces toilet paper shortage amid coronavirus outbreak

Hong Kong is facing a toilet paper shortage as Chinese factories struggle to meet demand amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report.

Shoppers were photographed walking past bare supermarket shelves usually stocked with toilet paper.

The cause of the shortage is unclear, but unconfirmed reports on social media suggested that it stemmed from production holdups at supply chains in mainland China, according to Bloomberg.

Some Chinese cities remain under quarantine, while thousands of people are sick from the coronavirus, impacting its workforce.

Vinda International Holdings, which produces toilet paper, said its factories in mainland China will resume operations next week.

TOPSHOT-HONG KONG-CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUSEmpty shelves in a Hong Kong supermarketA customer pushes a cart with groceries at a supermarket, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong KongCustomers wear masks as they walk past empty toilet paper shelves at a supermarket, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong KongCustomers wear masks as they walk past empty shelves at a supermarket following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong Kong

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