UK supermarkets are reintroducing purchase restrictions on products to stem a potential wave of panic buying as cases start to rise again
A national survey conducted by the UK’s Office for National Statistics on Friday showed that there were an estimated 9,600 new cases per day in England in the week ending September 19 – three times what was captured by testing.
That’s a 60 percent increase from the previous week as the virus grows in London and northwest England.
Tesco has seen giant supermarket grocery items such as toilet paper, baby wipes, flour and dried pasta.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have good availability, with plenty of inventory to roam around, and we encourage our customers to shop as usual.
“To ensure that everyone can continue to buy what they need, we have introduced restrictions on the wholesale purchase of a small number of products.
“To help our customers shop safely, we will also have colleagues at the entrances of our supermarket to remind customers of the safety measures we have in place, including the legal requirements to wear a face cover.”
Morrisons has already introduced rations of toilet paper and sanitizer to avoid shortages in the future.
“Our stock levels of these products are good but we want to make sure they are available to everyone.”