They are scenes reminiscent of a zombie movie: photographs and TV footage of people pushing trolleys up and down supermarket aisles in a frantic search for ‘necessities’, only to be confronted with empty or ransacked shelves.

But it’s not the desperate survivors of an apocalyptic invasion by the Walking Dead who’ve swept through Tesco, Lidl or Sainsbury’s, but those living in fear of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

Everything from hand-sanitising gel, loo rolls and kitchen towel to tins of baked beans and packs of bottled water have been snapped up as consumers stockpile in anticipation of a looming Armageddon.

Enough already! We all need to calm down NOW!

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