Tesco rations certain essential items amid fears of panic buying

Tesco has started rationing certain items in a bid to stop a repeat of panic buying seen in the first coronavirus wave.

Customers are now limited to one item per person of toilet roll and up to three of products including eggs, rice, soap and handwash.

The new restrictions are on top of a pre-existing three-item limit on essential products including flour, dried pasta and anti-bacterial wipes.

A letter sent to customers made it clear there is no shortage on products and advised customers to ‘shop as you normally would’.

It comes after France shut its UK border for 48 hours amid fears a mutant coronavirus strain could put most of the country in tier four.

Tensions were still running high in Kent this morning as trucks were finally able to get moving again, with footage showing stand-offs between police and drivers.

Communities minister Robert Jenrick has warned around 4,000 lorries may be caught up in the backlog.

He told Sky News it would take ‘a few days’ to get everyone moving, as a mass testing programme launches.

A deal has been struck allowing lorry drivers and EU residents who test negative within 72 hours to cross.

However, experts have warned the UK faces an uphill battle to test up to 6,000 drivers each day.

The International Road Transport Union has predicted even 30-minute tests will be ‘a disaster’.

Anyone who tests positive will have to take a PCR test and, if still positive, will be sent to a secure hotel to isolate.

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