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Panic buying strips shelves

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Panic buying strips shelves

SUPERMARKET and chemist shelves in Annan have been running low on stocks of protective products this week as people rush out and bulk buy amid coronavirus fears.

UK health officials are moving towards the second phase of their response to counter the virus.

Chief Medical Adviser Professor Chris Whitty told MPs that the country is moving into the ‘delay phase’ of the government’s plan where they would try to slow the spread of the disease throughout the population.

He noted there has been panic buying of hand sanitiser at chemists and supermarkets around the country – and that is no different in Annan. Boots, on the town’s High Street, has sold out of hand sanitiser and other related products since the start of the week. Store manager Elinor Wright, pictured above, said: “All of our hand sanitiser has sold out. Other similar products have been selling too. “We aren’t 100 per cent sure when we’ll get more of these products.”

Next door at Savers is a similar story, with rows of empty shelves where hand sanitisers and similar products once sat. At the town’s Tesco store, a member of the public told the Annandale Observer that they noticed low hand sanitiser and paracetamol stocks.

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Elsewhere, Annan chip shop The Cafe Royal have taken measures into their own hands by installing a hand sanitiser in their premises. Customers are asked to use it upon entry to help protect staff members and other customers.


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