More coronavirus cases confirmed in Staffordshire as shoppers criticise ‘greedy’ and ‘selfish’ bulk-buyers


Two extra coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Staffordshire this evening.

A total of six people in the county have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Details of where they live have not been released.

However, Stoke-on-Trent remains one of just a handful of local authority areas with no confirmed cases of the deadly illness.

Across the country 35 people have now died and a further 1,372 people have the bug although the actual figure is estimated to be far higher.

The latest statistics have been released this evening following a weekend of panic buying across the Potteries and the rest of the UK.

Dozens of StokeonTrentLive readers have vented their frustration at struggling to buy essentials.

However, two Stoke-on-Trent delivery drivers have reassured families there is plenty of stock.

The latest figures for confirmed coronavirus cases have been released

Marc Espley said: “I work in distribution. I, and thousands like me, will still be delivering into supermarkets on a daily basis. There is no need to bulk buy products. Shop as normal, all you’ve done is purchased four years worth of bog roll and pasta for no reason.”

And Stephen Pugh said: “I work on the engineering side at a distribution centre for a Sainsbury’s.

“There’s s**t loads of food stock coming through the doors. You don’t need to panic buy. You’re putting extra stress on the deliveries. Stop being thick and just think.” 

Mum Hannah Anwyl, aged 20, said: “To all the selfish people thats bulk buying baby stuff. Thanks to you my daughter had only a few nappies and one pack of wipes to last her. 

“I get paid monthly so I don’t get to go and keep stocking up like most of you.

“I’m 20 years old and trying my best to supply my eight-month-old daughter with the thing she needs and can’t because of people’s selfishness.”

Ashleigh-may Licchelli was also left in tears when she couldn’t find whay she needed on a trip to Asda.

She said: “Honestly I walked into Asda and cried at the fact there were no nappies, wipes or milk.

“My daughter is nine months and has formula and my son is almost two and still has a bottle of whole milk for bedtime but there was none of that either.

“It’s the most heartbreaking feeling knowing that the one thing you need to do as a parent is provide for your children and I don’t even know if I’d be able do that.”

Odane Daley described people’s panic-buying at Home Bargains as like preparing for the ‘zombie apocalypse’.

He said: “I don’t even know why people are stacking up like it’s the zombie apocalypse. All I know it all these people don’t do their research.

“Just following other people like sheep. Instead of buying vitamins and things to build your immune system they are stocking up on toilet paper. Never seen anything so stupid.”

Gem Morris said: “I went to Curry’s this morning to buy a dryer, lad that bought the dryer out to the van said fridge and freezer sales had gone up. We’re thinking it’s people buying a second or even third to stock up on freezer food.  Then I went to Farmfoods & their freezers are practically empty. It’s nuts.”

Andy Smith also called for calm.

He said: “People should be considering the disabled and elderly people first as they are most vulnerable. Instead of acting so greedy and selfish we should all stick together and help others.”

Emma Bates suggested the Army should be brought in.

She added: “We need to take back some kind of control because this is just utterly selfish, irresponsible and ridiculous.”

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