As Taiwan’s semi-lockdown situation extends for another week, confirmed cases have continued to soar, deterring many from heading out for shopping or dining.
Staying at home down means that food and groceries dwindle faster than usual, leading to delivery platforms such as FoodPanda or UberEats being overwhelmed with the continuous surge of orders.
Expats in Taiwan have also found it difficult to purchase necessities, and a recent discussion on an online forum pointed out just how dire the situation really is for some.
According to a social media user, they have not been able to get any groceries from Foodpanda for several days and the torrential rain in certain areas has made the situation worse.
With many stores closed, orders that do manage to get through, end up getting canceled shortly after, the social media user added.
Others soon responded that they have encountered similar problems, as more reports come about that delivery platforms don’t have enough couriers to meet the current demand.
However, some explained that big supermarket chains, such as Carrefour, have acknowledged the situation and have provided an ordering service online so that customers can order groceries and have them delivered to their homes without stepping outside.
Though many seem satisfied with the solution provided, some foreigners suggested that the government should put together a central delivery platform so that the elderly and others can have easier access to purchasing necessities to correspond with the shutdown of many traditional markets.