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Highland stores trying to stop coronavirus-related panic buys

By Tom Ramage

Empty shelves.
Empty shelves.

The Highlands is continuing to prepare for its first case of coronavirus as numbers start to grow in Scotland.

There were a total of 27 confirmed cases as the Strathy went to press.

With panic buying of related goods already happening in other areas.

Some measures are starting to be put in place in stores in the strath with well reported cases of panic buying in some of parts of the UK – especially hand sanitiser and toilet rolls.

Local Co-op outlets have imposed rationing of certain items as shelves gradually began to empty this week.

Due to exceedingly high demand” certain sanitary items, including antibacterial handwashes, are being restricted to three per customer.

“It’s not panic buying as yet in the strath,” said one shop assistant, “but it’s a precautionary measure.”

The Catholic Church is also taking measures with the virus expected to arrive in the region before much longer. Bishop Brian McGee of Argyll and the Isles, has issued a message to parishes including those in Badenoch and Strathspey introducing a number of temporary measures “until further notice”.

The precautions including the bowing of heads as a sign of peace rather than shaking hands. He is also warning against taking communion from the chalice and using holy water in services.

n Six cases have been confirmed in the Grampian health board area. A free helpline has been set up on 0800 0282816.

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