With coronavirus worries growing, some people have started to stockpile essentials products. Some new parents have been left shocked to find baby formula supplies already running low. Parents in Australia have taken to Twitter to share their concerns as there appears to be a shortage.
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Some supermarkets in Australia have seemed to have a lack of baby formula, according to reports on Twitter.
Sharing a picture online, one concerned parent showed the shelves bare in her local supermarket.
She wrote: “I desperately need baby formula and toilet paper – and the panic buyers have cleaned out the store entirely. Absolutely ridiculous. #coronavirus”
Another Twitter user shared a similar snap that showed empty shelves in a supermarket.
The caption read: “This is at Woolies today. Coronavirus pandemic announcement has led to buying-frenzy in our local supermarkets already and this is only the beginning.
“I won’t be surprised if Australia runs out of essentials.”
Some people have also started stockpiling supplies in the UK.
Earlier this week, concerned shoppers revealed they were struggling to find toilet paper in store.
Hand sanitiser gels and handwash have also been in high demand making it difficult to get in some stores.
One wrote on Twitter: “@AsdaServiceTeam @sainsburys @LidlGB @AldiUK @IcelandFoods @Morrisons are you going to implement customer limits on toilet roll, baby food, essentials per customer?”
“People are panic buying in the UK. Handwash and Gel and toilet paper, are sold out in many stores,” another added.
A third commented: “Why is the first thing you stock up is toilet paper when there is a Coronavirus problem? Supermarket shelves are empty.”
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Some products, such as hand sanitiser gels, were selling for huge amounts as panic began to spread.
This week, Lidl’s Cien hand gel, which retails for 40p in stores, was listed online at £39.99 for 50ml.
Should you stockpile in the UK?
According to the Government advice, shoppers do not need to pile up their trolleys.
The UK Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: “I think the advice is that there is absolutely no reason to be doing any panic buying of any sort or going out and keeping large supplies of things.
“Clearly there will need to be measures in cases of household quarantine for making sure food is in the right place at the right time.
“We imagine that could be a rolling case of household quarantine if that measure becomes necessary, and clearly things will need to be in place for care homes and so on if that decision is made.”
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