Hundreds of Hong Kongers are queueing every day to restock their facemasks and rub-on alcohol supplies, as scenes in Kowloon Bay demonstrated on Thursday.
Stores shelves have been swept clean of face protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The shortages have angered shoppers, including one man who said it was «not enough» in an interview.
A nurse accused the government of «putting our... Еще lives at risk.»
«Why don't you close the border and that would stop everything and the medical staff can do their job,» she asked.
The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Chinese health officials said that the death toll has reached 565, with more than 28,000 infected in China alone.