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As fake news continues to make its rounds on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramco Industries Ltd says there is no truth to the company closing down on Friday.

Ramco’s general manager Lochan Samsundar told Guardian Media that there has been an increase in the demand for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) around the country. Samsundar said Ramco is committed to fulfilling those requests.

He said the company was aware of the rumours and would address it. This comes as panic buying grew following last week’s announcement that COVID-19 reached T&T.

“Ramco shutting down on Friday. Whoever needs gas, let them know” was one of several posts shared among WhatsApp groups over the last few days. However, Samsundar said the company has even set up two 24-hour, toll-free hotlines (800-4LPG and 800-COOK) to better assist customers.

“It is all fake news. The company is totally committed to supporting customers throughout the country. We understand that people are panicking and we have seen an upsurge in requests being made for products. We have an adequate supply and we are able to serve the public,” Samsundar said.

He said NP has assured of an adequate supply of fuel as well.

On Tuesday, NP said that as part of its plan to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the sale of LPG cylinders at their Sea Lots head office will continue up to 2 pm daily. However, the sale of LPG cylinders will continue as normal at its regular distribution points.

With regards to the sale of fuel at the pumps, NP has increased store cleaning and handwashing by staff, and distributed disposable plastic gloves to service stations for the dispensing fuel. Dealers were encouraged to have hand sanitizers or disinfecting wipes available for staff and customers, and to ensure that bathrooms are equipped with running water, soap and other necessities.