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Sri Lanka has stocks of fuel, no need to panic: energy ministry

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s energy ministry said there was no fuel shortage in the country as motorists filled up tanks with extra fuel amid a Coronavirus (COVID19) scare making some distributors run out of stocks.

Lines of cars and three wheelers were seen outside petrol pumps and buses and trucks near diesel pumps at fuel distributors in Colombo Friday.

“There is no shortage of fuel in the country,” the energy ministry said in a statement. “There is no need to have any fear.

“The license of any distributor who is found to be hiding fuel will be cancelled.”

Sri Lanka’s pharmaceutical companies said in a statement that some customers were buying up stock of drugs to last three months, but there was no requirement to do so.

There was also increased sales seen at supermarkets as people stocked up on groceries.

Sri Lanka shut schools after two domestically transmitted cases of Coronavirus were found in the country earlier in the week. (Colombo/Mar13/2020)

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