Aldi coronavirus chaos as customers flock to stock up over UK closure fears

Aldi stores have been flooded with customers this morning with hundreds of panic buyers over coronavirus fears.

Up at the crack of dawn, some shoppers were even snapped queuing outside Aldi before the doors opened to customers.

Other pictures show trolleys and baskets filled with non-perishable goods and lines to pay reaching the back of the shop.

It comes as Aldi made the decision to implement ration-buying to curb any coronavirus panic buying.

The company has also enforced early closures, choosing to shut the doors at 7pm so workers can clean the store.

Reports of this morning’s chaos surfaced on social media, with Aldi trending nationwide, and hundreds of Tweets piling in from shoppers.

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One Twitter user who snapped a picture of the queue, said: "Huge queue to get into Aldi before it’s even opened. Everyone went straight for the loo roll.

"I’ve seen all the noise about it on here but it’s quite something to attempt to pick up a few routine groceries amid so much palpable tension.”

Likening the scene to war times, a second said: "Do you need a ration book for this kind of thing? Aldi gone mental #CoronApocalypse #COVID19”

With a third adding: "Survived Aldi. 4 pasta per person and 2 rice. 1 large pack of toilet roll or 2 smaller ones. World has gone f***ing nuts."

And a fourth said: "As expected, Aldi is a disaster, even at 8am on a Saturday morning.

"The urge to bulk buy is strong just to avoid doing this again next week, but I shall resist."

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Long lines come after weeks of pre-emptive panic buying from Brits who fear they will go without food if the UK goes into lockdown over the coronavirus.

Supermarkets first faced a toilet roll shortage on the 3rd March with images of shops with low supplies of bog roll surfacing on social media.

Following government advice, antibacterial gel and Carex hand gel began to disappear from shops, with some selling the formula on eBay for £200.

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China was the first country to implement a strong lockdown protocol , with Hong Kong and South Korea quickly stemming the spread of the virus too.

As the coronavirus hit Europe, Italy became the worst infected country, and forced 16 million residents into isolation.

Spain is the latest European country to do so, and hundreds of Brits have been stranded in country until it reopens.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said some Brits will die before their time and urged people to maintain good hygiene to prevent the virus.

It is believed at least 60% of Brits will need to contract the disease in order for the country to achieve that level immunity, a number that could see over a million dead by the end of the pandemic.

The UK currently has over 790 confirmed cases of the virus but the government said the figure is more likely to be between 5,000 and 10,000.

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