Toilet paper shortage: UK supermarkets to ration product due to coronavirus stockpiling?

Twitter users have been commenting on the apparent mass toilet roll panic. One wrote: “@AsdaServiceTeam @sainsburys @LidlGB @AldiUK @IcelandFoods @Morrisons are you going to implement customer limits on toilet roll, baby food, essentials per customer?”


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“UK toilet paper hoarding now too,” another said, with a picture of one Briton taking home huge rolls of paper.

One said: “People are panic buying in the UK. Handwash and Gel and toilet paper, are sold out in many stores.”

“Why is the first thing you stock up is toilet paper when there is a Coronavirus problem? Supermarket shelves are empty,” another said.

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The news comes as Australians appear to be panic buying loo roll.

Aussie supermarket Woolworths is rationing toilet roll, in a bid to stop AU citizens mass buying the product and leasing others without.

The company said it “moved to apply a quantity limit on toilet paper packs.”

Customers were limited to four rolls to “ensure more customers have access to the products”.

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Should you stockpile toilet roll in the UK?

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.”

Britons have been stripping shelves of hand sanitiser as coronovirus fears spread.

Hand sanitiser gel is selling for £40 as Lidl products fetch a huge price amid coronavirus fears. Many are attempting to stock up on essentials given health warnings.

Lidl’s Cien hand gel, 40p in stores, is being sold for £39.99 for 50ml.

Dettol sanitiser is being sold, with 150ml listed for £69.99. The product usually costs around £1.80.

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