Panic buying, triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, has affected prices of essentials in the market. Prices of onions, rice, pulses, sugar, eggs have marked a northward trend this week. Traders and market insiders said more customers than usual are rushing to kitchen markets and shops and buying more goods than they normally do. Visiting different kitchen markets in the capital, including Karwan Bazar, Malibagh and city corporation market Mirpur-1, The Independent found that prices of daily commodities are almost out of reach of common people. There was a shortage of sanitisers, baby diapers, dry foods, oral saline, and other necessary items at many places. Talking to The Independent, buyers said that fearing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangladesh amid a global pandemic, many city-dwellers are stocking food items in their homes. There are also fears of a possible lockdown amid the viral infection, which has already killed one and affected 20 in the country. Prices of onion doubled in the last two days. At wholesale markets, local onions were being sold at Tk 80 per kg, up from Tk 40 a couple of days ago. The Myanmar variety was being sold at Tk 80 per kg, Chinese onions at...