UK Grocers Stave Off Panic Buying Amid 2nd Lockdown Fears, Daily COVID Case Record Smashed

Britain is scrambling to avoid a second lockdown after its first one six months ago, with PM Boris Johnson just introducing expanded new social distancing rules across the UK, as the government's top adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warns "the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days." 

Specifically the latest surge in COVID-19 cases at current rates could mean 50,000 cases a day by mid-October, Vallance warned at the start of the week. In introducing new measures to fight the spread Tuesday night, Johnson urged citizens to "summon discipline, resolve and a spirit of togetherness." The new measures will last a whopping six months with warnings of "a difficult winter" — also at a moment total infection numbers approach the half-million mark (as of Wednesday: 409,729 people tested positive since the start, including 41,862 deaths).

However all the dire pandemic predictions have naturally resulted in a surge of panic buying, similar to what happened across the West and in the United States as lockdowns hit last Spring.

No bread, Sainsbury's © Derek Harper :: Geograph Britain and Ireland

 

"Supermarket bosses have urged shoppers not to start panic buying, while Asda is bringing in 1,000 safety marshals, as the industry braces for a potential change in shopping habits ahead of new lockdown restrictions," The Guardian reports late Wednesday.

Discount supermarket chains Tesco (TSCDY) and Aldi urged customers this week not to start stockpiling goods, saying was “unnecessary” and seeking to calm fears of disruption in supply chains. 

Aldi in the UK, for example, posted a public statement saying:

“There is no need to buy more than you usually would. I would like to reassure you that our stores remain fully stocked and ask that you continue to shop considerately.”

“We have remained open for our customers throughout the pandemic and will continue to have daily deliveries, often multiple times a day, across all of our products.”

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Gary Anderson 2 months ago Contributor's comment

Hoarding in the UK will be hard to contain.