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US News Supermarkets to stockpile supplies in coronavirus 'hotspots' to prevent food from running short

08:50  08 march  2020
08:50  08 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Supermarkets will rush food supplies to coronavirus ‘ hotspots ’ in the UK as part of an emergency plan to prevent empty shelves. Environment Secretary George Eustice will hold crunch talks today with supermarket chiefs, aimed at stopping panic buying and ensuring Britain’s food supply is not

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Supermarkets will rush food supplies to coronavirus ‘hotspots’ in the UK as part of an emergency plan to prevent empty shelves.

Environment Secretary George Eustice will hold crunch talks today with supermarket chiefs, aimed at stopping panic buying and ensuring Britain’s food supply is not disrupted in areas worst affected by the outbreak.

The move comes after shoppers stripped supermarket shelves of essentials such as food, toilet rolls and medicines yesterday.

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But should you be stockpiling to prepare for self-isolation should you develop symptoms and be unable to leave the house for 14 days straight? Ocado emphasised to The Independent that this was a result of a shortage of delivery slots as opposed to food products being in low supply .

a group of people preparing food in a store: Panic buying and stockpiling of toilet roll continues. These are the scenes at Costco in Farnborough in Hampshire on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail Panic buying and stockpiling of toilet roll continues. These are the scenes at Costco in Farnborough in Hampshire on Saturday

In a meeting last Friday, major retailers asked the Government to share its data on the areas of the country where large numbers of Covid-19 cases are confirmed.

This would then allow them to move extra supplies to replenish under-pressure supermarkets in those areas.

They have also asked ministers to scrap curfew rules that ban lorries from delivering food to stores in the middle of the night.

George Eustice wearing a suit and tie: Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice is seen outside Downing Street in London © Provided by Daily Mail Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice is seen outside Downing Street in London

Whitehall officials examined the proposals last weekend and they will be discussed today.

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Food banks say they have a shortage of basic items because shoppers are stockpiling as fears grow over the spread of coronavirus . In Coventry, one food bank said supplies have "never been so low" and in Billingham donations have dropped considerably in recent days.

SUPERMARKETS shelves have been stripped by panicked shoppers who fear a coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Brits have started to stockpile household Another said: "Interesting to see what people are stockpiling in my local supermarket . Bare shelves for rice, pasta, hand wash, tissues and loo roll."

They will also consider how the supermarkets will deliver food to elderly people and other vulnerable groups who are forced to ‘self-isolate’ because of the epidemic.

This comes amid growing concern over how retailers will cope with a surge in customers ordering online and demanding home deliveries.

Online deliveries currently make up only about seven per cent of total grocery sales and it is feared supermarkets will not have enough vans or drivers to cope with a spike in demand.

a shelf in a room: Chopped tomatoes have flown off the shelves in a Tesco store. People have said they are setting up 'contingency plans' in case a disaster strikes in the UK © Provided by Daily Mail Chopped tomatoes have flown off the shelves in a Tesco store. People have said they are setting up 'contingency plans' in case a disaster strikes in the UK

As a result, retail bosses want the Government to extend the maximum number of driving hours for delivery drivers.

The emergency plan comes after supermarket sources last week cast doubt on assurances made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said that food supplies would not be disrupted by the outbreak.

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Supermarkets to stockpile supplies in coronavirus ' hotspots ' to prevent food from running short . They will also consider how the supermarkets will deliver food to elderly people and other vulnerable groups who are forced to ‘self-isolate’ because of the epidemic.

A customer filmed a soap section at an Asda branch in the UK left almost empty. The shelves of British supermarkets are emptying at pace and staples are being rationed as coronavirus stockpiling spiralled out of control.

But sales of cupboard basics such as pasta and tinned goods have rocketed, and shelves in some stores have emptied. Incidents of panic buying have also increased.

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A video posted on Twitter yesterday showed shoppers at a Costco in Farnborough, Hampshire, frantically stockpiling toilet rolls.

Supermarket bosses are also planning for how to cope should large numbers of staff get ill.

A Downing Street source last night said: ‘Government and industry will remain in regular contact on this issue, and we stand ready to work with retailers to ensure that the UK’s resilient food supply is maintained.’


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