Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Ltd (MIFCO) on Wednesday confirmed to the public that, at present, there will be no shortage of canned tuna despite the sharp uptake in people buying stock up in large quantities.
The company's managing director Ismail Fauzy noted that while many people have begun purchasing fish cans, MIFCO is set to meet the increased demand. He added that apart from fish cans, all other products from MIFCO will be available without any difficulty.
"We are working to reduce person-to-person contact when customers come to buy fish cans", said Fauzy.
Fauzy went on to say that every year, leading to the month of Ramadan, there is a surge in fish can consumption. However, this year, due to the economic situation posed by COVID-19, the rush to buy took place a month prior.
Nevertheless, he reassured that MIFCO was already prepared for this increase in demand, and hence there would not be a situation were fish cans are not available.
Meanwhile, the government has advised members of the public not to panic buy and stock food at home, even vowing to provide everything necessary even in the worst-case scenario.
As of now, Maldives currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigu, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each. No locals have tested positive for the virus as of yet.
The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 219, 000 and claimed over 8, 960 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 85, 670 have recovered.