Coronavirus: UK Shoppers told to buy responsibly – BBC News


Shoppers in the UK have been told to “be responsible” and think of others such as NHS workers, after panic-buying amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said there is more than enough food to go around – but the challenge for shops is keeping shelves stocked.

It comes as supermarkets have been overwhelmed by increased purchasing.

Meanwhile, cafes, pubs and restaurants across the UK have closed as part of measures to stop the virus spreading.

“Frankly we should all be ashamed,” said Stephen Powis, medical director at NHS England, who said panic-buyers are depriving NHS staff of the supplies they need.

“These are the very people that we all need to look after perhaps us or our loved ones in the weeks to come.”

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