As the UK braces itself for what could be a Coronavirus pandemic, supermarkets are being stripped bare of “essential supplies”.

Driven by UK media outlets extensive coverage of the “outbreak”, worried shoppers are preparing themselves for the worse and bulk buying.

Stocks of antibacterial hand wash, toilet paper, medicines, long-life foods and bottled water are in short supply as worried shoppers panic buy.

We visited a number of supermarkets in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire and witnessed the effects of panic buying first hand. We spotted countless trollies filled with large numbers of water bottles, toilet paper and long-life foods such as pasta and dehydrated meals. Own brand medicines and hand sanitisers were completely sold out as retailers struggle to meet demands.