News 8 March 2020

Coronavirus update: Tesco ration essential items & Italy put 16 million people in quarantine

8 March 2020

The global coronavirus outbreak continues as UK cases rise to 273, Tesco rations essential items and Italy places 16 million people under quarantine.

Those who live in Central and Northern provinces like Lombardy, Milan and Venice will need special permission to travel.

With 5,883 cases, the highest number in all of Europe, the Prime Minister of Italy has also announced that all schools, gyms, clubs, museums and other public venues with close.

Italy has seen an unfortunate number of fatalities from the virus too with 230 people dying from the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The extreme measures are expected to last until the 3rd of April.

The Prime Minister said, “We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”

“There will be no movement in or out of these areas, or within them, unless for proven work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons. We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”

Here in the UK, people are worried about the possible pandemic and are stockpiling items from supermarkets across the UK.

Images are flooding social media of empty shelves across the UK and the prices of items like hand sanitizers are being hiked up on online retailers like Amazon.

Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, have started rationing essential items as a result.

Those looking to buy hand sanitiser, hand soap, anti-bacterial wipes, dry pasta, long-life milk and some canned goods will be subject to per person restrictions.

Waitrose and Boots have also imposed similar caps on products to ensure availability for everybody.

Coronavirus has also led the annual SXSW festival in Texas to be cancelled. 

For up to date advice on Coronavirus, head to the NHS website.