While the coronavirus has brought out the best in some people, with acts of kindness restoring your faith in humanity, it’s also brought out the worst in some cases.
An example of this is panic buying, with some people hoarding essential items and leaving nothing for others who desperately need them.
This selfishness has been epitomised by the stockpiling of toilet roll and pasta, but has also extended to other essentials like bread, handwash and baby milk.
One of the worst instances of selfishness the coronavirus pandemic has brought about, is greedy bastards buying up all the baby milk so some families are forced to go without, with some even trying to flog it for ridiculous prices online.
Baby milk has been spotted going for as much as 19 times its price on eBay, with one listing for an 800g tin of Cow and Gate reaching £155 with four days to go, and 18 bids on it.
This would usually RRP at around £7.99, and the seller claimed they’d ‘bought the wrong milk from the supermarket and lost their receipt’ – when confronted, they removed the listing.
Another listing sees three 800g tins of Aptamil currently going for £47 with £15 postage – double the regular price as it stands – with two and a half days still left on the listing.
A six pack of Aptamil also went for £107.42, when they usually retail for around £10 each.
On March 7th Keith Bristow shared a photo of a trolley stacked with baby milk in his local Asda, writing: “My daughter called me to say that her local Asda in Birmingham had sold out of baby milk. Unbelievable. I found plenty in the Asda in Bedminster, Bristol, so picked up two boxes.
“On my way around the shop I saw a gent with at 20 boxes in a trolley… he must have been at least 60… so either he’s a mature father of 20 kids or he’s got a lot of grandchildren… perish the thought that he could be trying to sell it on Ebay and hike the price!!”
Please everyone, in these troubling times make sure we’re looking out for each other and not panic buying, so there’s enough for the people who need it.
Leaked documents reveal which Covid restrictions may remain after July 19th
We might have to wear our face masks for a little bit longer…
Leaked documents are claiming that the current social distancing rules and restrictions will be staying in place after the revised ‘freedom day’ on July 19th.
The memo, obtained by Politico, listed a number of restrictions that the government plans to keep in place for the foreseeable future.
According to the leaked documents, face masks may have to remain mandatory in certain settings for the long term, employers and employees will be told to decide amongst themselves as to whether they want to return to the office or work from home.
As well as that, it says some form of border control and quarantine will be needed for a significant period of time to prevent new variants entering the country.
The memo also states that plastic screens – such as those currently used in hairdressers and restaurants – may actually spread Covid rather than prevent it.
Ministers are also considering bringing in new rules for businesses to keep workplaces better ventilated, the documents claim.
Cabinet office sources have since stressed that the document was one of several including multiple options – with nothing signed off by ministers yet or anywhere near being announced.
This comes just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back the highly anticipated ‘freedom day’, June 21st, by just short of a month to July 19th.
Johnson said this was a result of the new Delta variant, which makes up for 90% of new cases across the country: “I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer.
“I am confident we won’t need more than four weeks – it’s unmistakably clear that the vaccines are working – but now is the time to ease off the accelerator.
“We have the chance to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people.”
Covid vaccine to be mandatory for care home workers
The Covid-19 vaccine is to become mandatory for all care home staff members across the country, new reports detailed last night.
It is believed that care staff will be given sixteen weeks to receive the jab or will face the possibilities of either being moved to a different posting or losing their jobs entirely.
The Guardian reported that the new plans are expected to be announced in the next couple of days.
It is expected that ministers will also be pushing ahead with compulsory vaccination for most of the 1.5 million people working in social care across the country, despite employer and staff organisations warning that it could result in workers quitting rather than getting vaccinated.
The reports also claim that the government is keen to make it mandatory for the 1.38 million people who are employed by the NHS in England to get vaccinated against Covid-19 – proposals that have already been criticised by groups representing doctors, nurses and other staff.
Workers who can prove they are medically exempt from receiving the vaccine will not be affected.
The government has been widely criticised for its lack of support of care homes at the start of the pandemic; residents were heavily affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and significant numbers, including many people with dementia, died as a result.
An investigation by Amnesty International late last year found that a series of ‘shockingly irresponsible’ Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people’s lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents’ human rights.
As a result, between March 2nd and June 12th this year, 28,186 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in care homes across England, with over 18,500 care home residents confirmed to have died with Covid-19 during this period.
Budget supermarket cheaper than Aldi and Lidl ‘to open 300 stores in the UK’
Get your wallets ready, there’s a new bargain supermarket in town…
A new supermarket that could rival the likes of Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Asda is set to open hundreds of UK stores, according to new reports.
Mere was founded as Svetofor in Siberia back in 2009, and has already opened four stores in Preston, Castleford, Mold and Caldicot.
However, according to The Grocer, a platform dedicated to supermarket and grocery news, its plans to expand are now well and truly underway – with a few Greater Manchester locations on the list of planned new stores.
And, to make the arrival of this new supermarket even more interesting, Mere’s head of UK buying, Pavels Antonovs, claims it would be thirty percent cheaper than other UK rivals.
He said: “We are the gap in the market. We don’t have any competitors. Our model is no service and no marketing.”
Existing Mere stores are said to include a walk-in chiller room and freezer, while items are typically sold directly from the pallets they’re delivered on.
The supermarket also apparently buys stock from suppliers on a ‘sale or return basis’, meaning it will return any unsold goods to the seller.
The planned locations which are currently listed are Stretford, Stockport, Devon, Neath, Banbury, Selby, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Grantham, Kettering, Plymouth, Beckenham, Gloucester, Northampton, Cardiff, Oswestry, Barnsley, Sheffield, Exeter, Southampton, south Scotland and Wales.