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Coronavirus: Shops ration and sell out of supplies in Cornwall

Coronavirus: Shops ration and sell out of supplies in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:41am 11th March 2020.

Shops in Cornwall are rationing hand sanitiser and selling out of toilet roll as people stockpile over coronavirus fears.

Supermarkets across the Duchy have been left with empty shelves and have put notices in windows as the outbreak of Covid-19 spreads across the country.

That is even though Public Health England insists that the risk to the public remains low.

It comes after Cornwall Council released an advice video saying there is no need stockpile as they have been guaranteed that supermarket supplies will continue to come through.

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"Anybody who has been tested positive for coronavirus is not walking around the streets of Cornwall coughing or spluttering over anybody.

"They will not be going to social gatherings, they will be contained within a very safe environment.

"Any contacts of that person, within a reasonable time, have also been contacted by Public Health England and given relevant advice.

"Sometimes that advice will be to self-isolate and get tested, other times it will be to continue with their normal daily activity and will just be given a list of warning symptoms.

"The most important thing we can do is not panic, I know there has been lots of stories about people going out and stockpiling lots of things, there is no need to do that at all, as we have been guaranteed that supplies to supermarkets will come through and continue to come through."

Dr Ruth Goldstein, Public Health Consultant at Cornwall Council

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Currently there are five confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall. Four of those patients had recently travelled to northern Italy.

It is not currently known where in the Duchy the patients live and a petition has been launched calling for officials to provide the locations.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that no areas or towns have been revealed due to the guidelines set nationally.

He explained: "The information is given out in terms of numbers of cases in local authority areas – as Cornwall is a unitary authority we would only state the number of cases in Cornwall as a whole."

Julian German, Cornwall Council

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