A heartbreaking picture shows an elderly man staring at his shopping list surrounded by Sainsbury's shelves emptied by coronavirus panic buying.
The tragic photo, taken in Epsom, Surrey, has been shared in a bid to prevent the public from stockpiling and endangering the elderly.
Lauren Taylor, 34, took the snap and said multiples aisles on the supermarket had limited supply.
She explained: “It was awful and just really sad. That was only one aisle and the others were in a similar state of empty shelves.
"People were grabbing lots of the stuff that were still on the shelves.
"It's really just sad and disappointing in society that it's got to this point.
"Everyone needs stuff, but he had been left with nothing."
After taking the photograph, Lauren shared it in a family WhatsApp group.
Her sister, Milli, 33, from South West London, posted the image on Instagram where it racked up almost 200,000 likes.
She added: "I just want people to think about their own grandparents who will have to go through more suffering. It must be scary for them.
“If everyone just bought responsibly in the first place these issues wouldn't have arose in the first place but if everyone buys double, it might be enough to empty the shelves."
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Sainsbury’s yesterday intensified its coronavirus rationing in a bid to thwart panic buying.
Customers can only buy a maximum of three grocery products, and two of the more popular products including toilet paper, soap and milk.
In an email to Sainsbury's customers, chief executive Mike Coupe has outlined the store's news measures.
They also include a special shopping hour for the elderly and vulnerable, and a boost to online deliveries and in-store collection services.
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He said Sainsbury’s “has enough food coming into the system, but is limiting sales so that it stays on shelves for longer and can be bought by a larger number of customers”.
Aldi has already said shoppers can only buy four of any of its products.
Meanwhile, Tesco has reduced its buying limits from five to two for essential items such as antibacterial gels, wipes and sprays, dried pasta and UHT milk.
The UK’s death toll yesterday increased to 104, marking the largest single day jump.
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