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Sainsbury’s issues urgent coronavirus warning to shoppers – do you need to stockpile? 

With coronavirus fears growing, some Britons have started to fill their trolleys with various items. Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has made an announcement to customers about stockpiling. Should you do it? 

Shoppers across the UK have noticed empty shelves as supermarkets struggle to keep up with growing demand.

With the threat of coronavirus meaning some will need to self isolate, many are stocking their cupboards with essentials.

Over the last few weeks, items including toilet roll, pasta and rice have been cleared from inside stores.

However, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe has issued a statement to those shopping in stores.

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The announcement explained why the shelves may seem more bare than usual and reassured shoppers that the supermarket chain is working to improve that.

He said: “I wanted to personally reassure you that we have more food and other essential items coming to us from manufacturers and into our warehouses and distribution centres.

“If we all shop just for the food that we and our families need, there will be enough for everyone.

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“I also wanted to let you know that at Sainsbury’s, we are working really hard to ensure this remains the case.


“Over the past two weeks we have ordered more stock of essential items from our suppliers, put more capacity into our warehouses and set limits on a small number of items, including some cleaning products, soap and pain relief.

“This is a precautionary measure – if everyone shops normally, there will be enough for everyone.”

Should you stockpile?

As well as explaining the shortages, the announcement warned shoppers against stockpiling and suggested they only buy what they need.

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