Social media has been awash with posts from people lamenting those stockpiling goods like toilet roll, soaps and non-perishable foods.
After a week that saw mammoth queues to enter supermarkets, their shelves inside emptied by shoppers preparing for the possibility of self-isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, British retailers like Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have imposed limits on purchases to ensure supply can meet the increased demand.
Supermarkets across Sheffield have started to limit purchase of goods like toilet roll, hand sanitizer and soaps, certain medications and pasta to four items per customer.
Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We will work with supermarkets to make sure that people get enough” and pleaded with the public, saying that “People have got to behave responsibly.”
Leading food retailers are due to hold a conference call with officials at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today to discuss their options to guarantee continued supply of necessary items.
Britain has been criticised for its ‘herd immunity’ approach that is now being rethought by the government in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, with 1,391 cases now confirmed across the UK.
Coronavirus cases outside China have passed 87,000 at the time of the publishing, surpassing China’s confirmed cases at the height of its infection period which was 80,860.
European countries have responded to the onslaught of the virus differently, with Italy and Spain imposing country-wide lockdowns and Germany closing its borders shared with five other countries.