In demand this CNY: Hotpot, video game sets and... ART kits
The Straits Times|January 23, 2022
More are shopping online amid virus curbs, say e-commerce sites
Anjali Raguraman

Shoppers are not just stocking up on bak kwa and pineapple tarts, they are buying video game consoles and even antigen rapid test (ART) self-test kits ahead of Chinese New Year on Feb 1.

The demand for popular items including hotpot sets, which several e-commerce platforms like Lazada, Shopee and Amazon said is higher than last year’s, also comes off the back of prevailing tightened restrictions.

“There was a notable increase in purchases of ART self-test kits, suggesting that while Singaporeans are looking forward to visitations, they are doing so responsibly and are accustomed to a Covid-19 endemic lifestyle,” said Lazada’s chief executive Loh Wee Lee.

The multi-ministry task force tackling the pandemic had announced on Friday that the maximum number of visitors to a household will remain capped at five.

It also said that existing safe management measures, including limiting group sizes for dining at restaurants to five individuals, will continue to be enforced over the Chinese New Year period.

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