London shopper mugged for toilet paper as coronavirus panic leaves shelves bare
A 56-year-old man was mugged for his loo roll as the coronavirus pandemic prompted widespread stockpiling in the capital.
Dinendra was exiting a Savers shop in Haringey, north London, at around 3.30pm today when an unknown assailant ran up behind him and snatched one of the two packs of toilet paper he was carrying.
Food retailers have urged the British public not to panic buy, but many are ignoring their advice and have been clearing supermarket shelves of hand soap and tins of beans. The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK surged to 1,140 today, with the death toll jumping from 11 to 21 in the past 24 hours.
But the Government’s chief scientific adviser has said up to 10,000 people may have been infected without being officially diagnosed.
Dinendra told MailOnline: ‘I was shaken and shocked. Is that what we have come to? Its not the value of the toilet roll, its the principle.
‘I’m concerned about the vulnerable people, the elderly. In terms of their health and their emotions as well.’
Stockpilers have been sharing photos of their shelves filled to the brim with pasta, loo roll and pre-prepped meals.
Tesco’s chairman has insisted that people do not need to panic buy as the supermarket will be able to keep stocks up.
John Allan, was reacting after images on social media showed empty shelves across the UK supermarket sector.
He said that the panic buying has not threatened their supply chain and they were confident they could overcome the short-term shortages.
Mr Allan added: ‘There’s plenty of product in the supply chain, there’s plenty of food at Tesco and other supermarkets, and I don’t think anybody needs to panic buy.
We, and I’m sure our competitors, are re-filling our supply chains as rapidly as ever we can.’
Mr Allan said it was unlikely Tesco, which has a 27.2 per cent UK grocery market share, would experience anything more than ‘very short term, temporary’ shortages of certain products.
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