Coronavirus panic as Tesco shopper spotted wearing full hazmat suit and gas mask

A shopper was spotted browsing the aisles of a Tesco Extra store wearing a full hazmat suit and gas mask as the nation continues to be gripped by coronavirus panic.

The man appeared to be stocking up on meat, filling his trolley with trays of mince and some kind of joint.

Fellow shopper Ethan Mees says he was shocked when he spotted the man in the Yeovil store in Somerset.

Mr Mees, who was shopping with his father Jeremy at the time, says he saw the person at the shop on Queensway Place at around 11am today, reports Somerset Live.

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He said: "Everyone in the shop was looking at him.

"I was shocked and so were a lot of people and the staff.

"It looked like a loaf of bread, three packs of mince beef and some sort of meat joint in his hand.

"I was with my dad just shopping and spotted the man dressed in an all-in-one suit, rubber shoe covers, gloves and a mask."

Another shopper has spotted a person casually walking down a Bath street wearing full military hazmat gear – while apparently clutching 27 rolls of toilet paper.

The individual appeared to have escalated his own precautions against the threat of coronavirus and was captured wearing the camouflage gear and face mask by Pulteney Bridge Flowers yesterday (Thursday, March 12).

Many people are panic-buying toilet rolls while the threat of COVID-19 intensifies – with this particular person seen carrying what looks like three, nine-roll packets of Lidl's Floralys Super Soft.

While some people are choosing to wear masks to try to prevent infection, Bath councillor and disease control expert, Dr Bharat Pankhania, says this does not work.

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