Coronavirus panic grips California as anxious shoppers stock up on supplies

Anxious shoppers have descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies as Coronavirus panic grips the West Coast.  

The state has become a Cornoavirus hot spot, with more than half a dozen residents diagnosed with the disease in recent days.   

Late this week, two Northern California residents were revealed to be confirmed cases despite having no known contact with anyone else who was infected. 

State officials say they are bracing for more 'community spread' and nervous locals are taking no chances. 

At a Costco Wholesale market in Los Angeles Saturday morning, a swarm of shoppers loaded up carts with essential items to prepare for a possible period of quarantine. 

According to the chain, water, paper towels and Clorox disinfecting wipes were the most in-demand products. 

Meanwhile, cars queued at the adjoining gas station, making sure their vehicles were filled with petrol. 

On social media, residents further north ishared shocking photos and videos from Costco centers in San Francisco. 

Shelves were depleted of tinned food, while some shoppers climbed up onto shelving in order to reach remaining supplies of rice. 

It comes on the same day that Santa Clara County - located close to San Francisco - confirmed a fourth person had tested positive to Coronavirus.    

Anxious shoppers have descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies as Coronavirus panic grips the West Coast. Pictured: a Los Angeles resident leaving a Burbank Costco with a cart full of toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning products

Anxious shoppers have descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies as Coronavirus panic grips the West Coast. Pictured: a Los Angeles resident leaving a Burbank Costco with a cart full of toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning products

Costco Wholesale market in Burbank was bustling on Saturday, despite no residents of Los Angeles County have yet been diagnosed with coronavirus

Costco Wholesale market in Burbank was bustling on Saturday, despite no residents of Los Angeles County have yet been diagnosed with coronavirus 

It was a family affair for these shoppers who left the supermarket with two carts full of supplies. Water, paper towels and Clorox disinfecting wipes were the most in-demand products of the day

It was a family affair for these shoppers who left the supermarket with two carts full of supplies. Water, paper towels and Clorox disinfecting wipes were the most in-demand products of the day

A father and son got down to business, buying Clorox wipes and rubber gloves in bulk supply

Another dutiful dad was seen pushing his son along in a card loaded up with supplies

Fathers got down to business pushing along carts that carried their sons, as well as  Clorox wipes and rubber gloves

One LA local used a trolley to push their sanitary items and bottled water to their car

One LA local used a trolley to push their sanitary items and bottled water to their car 

Residents waited in long lines to pump their vehicleswith gas, amid fears daily life will be severely disrupted by the spread of coronavirus

Residents waited in long lines to pump their vehicleswith gas, amid fears daily life will be severely disrupted by the spread of coronavirus 

 

Despite frantic buying, President urged for the

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