Coronavirus panic leaves mum in tears after she can’t find baby formula in Asda

The coronavirus pandemic has sent British shoppers into panic.

Many fear having to go into isolation with nothing in their cupboards, so have decided to stockpile food and essentials.

This has led to supermarket shortages – and the sight of bare shelves has sparked distress for some.

Gemma Connolly was shocked when she visited her local Asda in Govan, Glasgow.

The supermarket was half-empty, with shoppers struggling to get their hands on milk, bread, medicine and cleaning products.

Gemma told Glasgow Live that a young mum burst into tears when she couldn’t pick up baby formula for her three day old child.

Germma said: "The place was stripped bare, it was awful.

"There were no basics in the store – toilet paper, bleach, milk, bread, just every day items.

"I spoke to a young guy who told me that a woman with a three day old baby was in tears because she couldn't find powdered milk, it's just outrageous.

"He also said an old lady had been in earlier looking for toilet roll and there was none left, she said she only needed one roll and the poor guy couldn't do anything to help here because it was all gone.

"It's absolutely disgusting the way people are behaving, it's like some kind of apocalypse is coming, it's unacceptable."

The 34-year-old businesswoman had a similar experience at her local brand of Lidl and eventually managed to pick up some milk from a garage near her Glasgow harbour home.

She added: "There is so much selfishness out there just now, what on earth people are planning to do with mountains of I have no idea."

Gemma’s experience is far from unusual.

Last week, stockpiling took its toll on shoppers in Aldi.

An elderly man was left feeling “confused and stressed” by the lack of food on the shelves.

And currently, there’s a global toilet paper shortage in Britain.

Supermarkets are doing their best to combat these issues.

The British Retail Consortium penned an open letter to the British public, which urges them not to stockpile goods.

It reads: "We know that many of you are worried about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

"We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need…

"But we need your help too."

It continues: "We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.

"We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.

"There is enough for everyone if we all work together.

"Together we can make sure we are looking out for family, friends, neighbours.

"Together we will care for those around us and those who are elderly, vulnerable or choosing to remain at home."

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