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    Worried China nationals in Singapore queue to send Panadol to relatives

    CNA – Worried China nationals in Singapore are queueing up to send flu medicines back home to relatives caught up in a surging COVID-19 outbreak and reports of drug shortages.

    When CNA visited People’s Park Complex yesterday, a queue of over 20 people had formed in front of Shun Xing Express, a company specialising in courier services to China.

    China eased nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on December 7, scrapping the need for frequent mass testing, and introducing home quarantine for some patients as well as shorter and more precise lockdowns.

    China’s top health body said the true scale of COVID-19 infections in the country is now “impossible” to track, with officials warning cases were rising rapidly in Beijing after the government abandoned its zero-COVID policy.

    At 10.30am, there was already a sign outside Shun Xing saying that all 50 places for the day had been claimed, and asking customers not to join the queue without a number.

    Shun Xing also put in place a limit of eight boxes of the painkiller Panadol or the traditional Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen to be couriered to one address.

    People in the queue were originally from provinces across China, and told CNA they were sending the medicines after family members asked them to do so.

    People queueing to send medical supplies at Shun Xing Express at People’s Park Complex. PHOTO: CNA

     

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