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Supermarket forced to close as panic-buying shoppers leave shelves empty

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 12/03/2020 Ciara OLoughlin
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As Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced today that all schools, colleges, and public facilities will close it’s no doubt that many people have gone into panic mode and are stocking up for a possible self-isolation amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The people of Clarehall have done so much stocking up that Tesco had to close to re-stock their supplies.

Twitter user Marcas Suibhne has been keeping his followers updated with Tesco Clarehall related news first informing them that the store temporarily closed and shortly after it opened back up that it had run out of toilet paper.

The picture shared of the Tesco while it temporarily closed showed a long queue of eager shoppers, with barriers even put in place to hold the crowd.

A spokesperson for Tesco confirmed the temporary closure, telling Extra.ie: ‘As a result of unprecedented numbers of customers in some stores this afternoon we had to put some health and safety measures in place.

‘We thank our colleagues for their thinking in keeping customers safe.’

Tesco Liffey Valley confirmed to Extra.ie that they had also shut for 30 minutes following an influx of customers.

Tesco Liffey Valley closed for half an hour following an influx of customers. Pic: Dee Clancy © Provided by Extra.ie Tesco Liffey Valley closed for half an hour following an influx of customers. Pic: Dee Clancy

The announcement earlier made by Varadkar took place during a speech he delivered in Washington while on the Government’s annual St. Patrick’s day trip to the US.

‘Schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close tomorrow,’ the Taoiseach said from the US President’s guest house.

‘We have not witnessed a pandemic of this nature in living memory,’ he added.

Leo Varadkar in a suit standing in front of a building: The people of Clarehall have done so much stocking up amidst the coronavirus outbreak that Tesco has had to close to re-stock their supplies. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie The people of Clarehall have done so much stocking up amidst the coronavirus outbreak that Tesco has had to close to re-stock their supplies. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The famous Shamrock ceremony of the US tour was cancelled due to the global virus, however, Mr Varadkar is still expected to meet President Donald Trump.

The news comes while the coronavirus spreads further across the globe with Donald Trump cancelling all flights from the Schengen zone of Europe.

Even high calibre actors in Hollywood have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Simon Harris, Simon Coveney are posing for a picture: The news comes while the coronavirus spreads further across the globe with Donald Trump cancelling all flights from the Schengen zone of Europe. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie The news comes while the coronavirus spreads further across the globe with Donald Trump cancelling all flights from the Schengen zone of Europe. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Meanwhile, in Ireland, Transport Trade Unions have called for reduced capacities on Trains and buses in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.

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