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CORONAVIRUS: ISLE OF WIGHT SUPERMARKETS RATIONING PRODUCTS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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3 major supermarkets, which between them operate 7 stores on the Isle of Wight, are rationing products such as antibacterial products, medicine and even water.

With coronavirus spreading throughout the country, the decision has been taken by Tesco, Asda and Morrisons to start restricting how many items shoppers can buy in a bid to stop the shelves running empty.

It was announced yesterday evening that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed on the Isle of Wight, as previously reported by Island Echo. As of 8th March 2020, a total of 273 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

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Tesco – which operates an Extra store in Ryde and Express stores in Wootton, Lake and Ventnor – has announced that they’ve begun rationing items such as antibacterial products, long life milk, children’s medicines, tinned vegetables and even water. Each shopper is limited to 5 items when buying both in store and online.

Asda, with their single store in Newport, are restricting the purchase of hand sanitiser to just 2 per customer – a similar move to stores such as Boots and Superdrug.

Morrisons, which has stores in Lake and Newport, has just started to limit purchases on their website and this could easily lead to in-store restrictions.

Supplies are noticeably low in stores across the Island. One small shop in The Bay area said that they normally sell around 3 packs of toilet roll a day but by lunchtime today they had already sold 16 packs.

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Gary morrow
Gary morrow
1 year ago

Those that have panic bought are only gonna have the rest of us at there door once we’ve ran out of tings

None given
None given
Reply to  Gary morrow
1 year ago

And they will be met with the appropriate welcome, i would expect. Good luck with turning up at strangers doors

Give a name braveheart
Give a name braveheart
Reply to  None given
1 year ago

You should be ashamed of yourself.

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none given
Reply to  Give a name braveheart
1 year ago

if you are ill bravheart, live on your own and have no one to call on, you need to ensure you have at least a months worth of stuff in at all times – if you are stuck indoors and cannot go out – you need to cater for yourself now, not wait until it is too late, like some saddo that just laps up everything the govt tell you.

the govt don’t want people stocking up as it means they are expected to do more – get off your pc and go out and get stuff in and prepare yourself in case you personally are struck down and cannot go out – it isn’t difficult is it.

Rayoflight
Rayoflight
1 year ago

When did people become so gullible that they believe the hype that the media are putting out

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
1 year ago

What a load of idiots, whats the point of hoarding its no worse than flu. The media are idiots too.

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none given
Reply to  Alan Jones
1 year ago

should this virus reach the point whereby shops do not have staff to open and haulage firms do not have drivers to make the deliveries, the island placed in lockdown and no ferries due to staff illness, then you will have to make do, with what you have in your cupboards, fridges and freezers.

there may not be people to “help you” – they may be sick.

If you haven’t prepared and have nothing after a few days, then you will starve -your problem.

Give a name braveheart
Give a name braveheart
Reply to  none given
1 year ago

Shut up idiot.

none given
none given
Reply to  Give a name braveheart
1 year ago

well braveheart, at least I will be a well fed and well prepared idiot should the worst come to pass eh – pride comes before a fall braveheart – more fool you, if you chance it, based on what is happening around the world

Give a name braveheart
Give a name braveheart
Reply to  none given
1 year ago

Well we know who one of the selfish horders are .

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none given
Reply to  Give a name braveheart
1 year ago

I heard some old woman on the bus today state “I have got 5 months worth of bread in the freezer now” –

everyone is stocking up for a possible lockdown, shops shut, no deliveries scenario – you sit hungry if you want braveheart but i aint.

Once this blows over, then we I will begin to run my supplies down to the normal level – better to be prepared.

I read it online bruv
I read it online bruv
1 year ago

But surely if the stupid are stockpiling their cupboards to stave off the zombie apocalypse then they should be allowed to do so?
There’s only so many bags of chips and sliced white bread they could put in their freezers and if it means less stupid people on the streets then surely that’s only a good thing??

Paula
Paula
1 year ago

Might need ration books soon!!!

philip wheeler
philip wheeler
1 year ago

The covid 19 are innocent.

Seay
Seay
1 year ago

Those whom assume this is ‘only’ the flu are more dangerous than those going to extreme measures. WHY do you think China, not some Western paranoid land, but China, reacted as it did? Don’t your realise that 1% of young healthy people die from this? And the percentage for the whole population who will die is 3.4%, showing that those ill and elderly are at a greater percentage risk than that. If the Islands 80% of the Islands population succumbs, then that is over three thousand dead. Flu would at worst, only kill around 300 for the same 80% of population. Hardly ‘just the flu’. Many who survive have life changing complications afterwards I have no issue with those who wish to risk their lives, but as we have many homes here for the elderly, it is grossly unfair for them to become at risk because of others at best… Read more »

Keith Hunt
Keith Hunt
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

Keefo

Keith Hunt
Keith Hunt
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

The numbers you are giving are estimates which is another way of saying guesses which is all that people can do at the moment

Knobber
Knobber
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

I think you must work for WHO. Statistics are only statistics. Italys statistics don’t match any of those you’ve quote.

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

I despair at the Isle of Wight mentality when above comment has -9 thumbs down reaction.. the island has a huge pensioner population, doh, yet.. Don’t know why I even bother commenting, like flogging the proverbial dead horse I’m afraid; some people’s opinions are stuck in stone like the flat earth society.. do they still exist, probably on iow

Daemy
Daemy
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

“Flu would at worst, only kill around 300 for the same 80% of population.
Hardly ‘just the flu’.”

Before trying to scare people into panicing over your ignorant rantings, I suggest you get your facts straight first.
In the UK, Flu kills between 600 & 13000 people each year (Oxford Uni Study) & nowhere near 80% of the population are infected.
The accepted general mortality rate for seasonal flu is ~0.1%. From that, if 80% of the UK population was infected, it would kill ~ 52,000 (not the 300 you claim)
I assume maths is not one of your strong points

“Read between the lines” …. not one for accepting the truth or reality either it seems
(The earth is flat, man never went to the moon, & the royal family are really six foot green lizards in disguise)

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
Reply to  Daemy
1 year ago

So the whole worlds wrong.. perhaps we can revisit this in 6 months time will tell, but doubt if all virus deniers will be queueing up to say got it wrong if worse does happen which sincerely hope it doesn’t.. same with brexit.. climate change, any number of issues, “wasn’t me guv..” , let’s go ridicule the next set of experts and dismantle dem.. always successful ploy, look at Trump

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Daemy
1 year ago

Daemy, perhaps it wasn’t explained clearly enough for you. ‘Don’t your realise that 1% of young healthy people die from this? And the percentage for the whole population who will die is 3.4%, showing that those ill and elderly are at a greater percentage risk than that.’ This are stats from WHO. I was referring to 80% of the ISLANDS POPULATION, ‘not’ the UK’s when I suggested that at 0.1 % death rate with normal flue, would be around 300 dead. As CV is ten TIMES more deadly, then 3000 here will die IF 80% of the Islands population get it. As we have many more elderly than most areas then could be more. So hardly scare mongering. Check out the stats for death percentages on WHO, and then check out the Islands population and then the ratio of old to young, then the ‘guess’ factor of the percentage of… Read more »

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