Shop shelves stripped bare of toilet roll again as panic-buying fears escalate

Shop shelves have been stripped bare of toilet roll again amid fears people are stockpiling.

In scenes reminiscent of March when many Brits stocked up on the necessary product after the initial coronavirus lockdown, many shelves have been emptied of their products in across the UK, WalesOnline reports.

Pictures show the shelves of an Asda in Cardiff emptied of toilet roll on Saturday morning, while the situation appears to be the same in the same supermarket in Llanelli.

The pictures come after it was announced Cardiff, Llanelli and Swansea will be following several other parts of the UK into a second lockdown.

It kicks in at 6pm on Saturday night in Llanelli, 24 hours before it begins in Swansea and Cardiff after a rise in the infection rate.

The seven-day case rate for the whole of Wales is just below 57 per 100,000.

In March, toilet roll was cleared from the aisles and hand sanitiser was running very low in many supermarkets and pharmacists.

Shelves which would normally have stocked pasta, flour and tinned tomatoes were also consistently empty as people became concerned about the availability of certain important products.

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Earlier this week, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Lidl and Aldi all said they had "good availability" and had not yet experienced any shortages.

Tesco added that its online capacity had almost doubled from 600,000 weekly slots in March to 1.5 million in September.

A director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged consumers to be considerate of others and "shop as you normally would" – though he added supply chains are currently "stronger than ever".

He added: "Nonetheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally would."

Tesco has followed competitor Morrisons supermarket in reintroducing purchase limits on some items.

They include toilet roll, dried pasta, flour, baby wipes, antibacterial wipes and toilet paper.

They are limited to three items per customer.

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