Panicked shoppers buying condoms ‘to protect against coronavirus’

Worried shoppers have snapped up a raft of condoms after a social media post claimed putting them on fingers could protect against the coronavirus .

Thanh Thai, from Sydney in Australia, shared a picture of emptied shelves after a shop sold out of Durex condoms.

She wrote: “Can anybody please tell me what happened?”

One user responded: “There has been some stupid post telling people to put condoms on their fingers to press buttons etc", the Daily Mail reports.

Another added: “Perhaps a new marketing ploy, just use your clothed elbow to avoid more rubbish being placed in the environment.”

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Australian shoppers are currently stocking up on food as fears amid fears of food shortages due to the virus.

Dramatic pictures show empty shelves and trolleys filled to the brim at major supermarkets.

In the UK, supermarkets have drawn up “feed the nation” contingency plans to help the country cope with any panic-buying.

Under the plans, supermarkets would scale back the variety off foods available ad instead focus on maintaining supplies of stable products.

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Online food retailer Ocado is asking for orders to be placed further in advance than normal and for weekend delivery bookings to be avoided as "more people than usual seem to be placing particularly large orders".

In an email sent to customers on Friday night, the company said delivery slots "are selling out quicker than expected" and suggested they book deliveries for between Mondays and Thursdays instead.

The army could be deployed to tackle the coronavirus as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to fight the disease.

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Soldiers could be deployed to guard vital sites so the police are free to deal with potential public disorder, according to new government plans.

The outbreak could lead to a fifth of workers being absent, cause police to drop low-priority cases and force the NHS to delay non-urgent care.

The Prime Minister yesterday said it is “highly likely” the UK will see a growing number of coronavirus cases, but stressed that “for the vast majority of people in this country we should be going about our business as usual”.

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