UK panic-buyers urged to think of frontline workers

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The UK government has joined forces with retailers to make a coordinated appeal to shoppers to stop stockpiling food and to think of others as panic-buying continues in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The environment secretary, George Eustice, who stood in for Boris Johnson on Saturday at the government’s daily briefing, said that when people took more than they needed it made things difficult for frontline workers, such as NHS staff.

He asked people to think of those finishing their late shifts and going to a supermarket only to find empty shelves.

Eustice was flanked at the briefing by Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, and Steven Powis, the national medical director of NHS England.

He said: “We recognise that this is a challenging time and there are many things the government is asking the nation to do differently as we work together to fight this pandemic. “Be responsible when you shop and think of others. Buying more than you need means others may be left without.”

Source : The Guardian

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