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There are fears that a second wave of panic buying has already begun as shoppers have shared pictures of supermarket shelves stripped bare this weekend.

Concerned shoppers have taken to Twitter to share photographs of their local supermarkets, showing shelves completely emptied of essential items.

One Twitter user shared photographs of an ASDA in London where cereals seemed in short supply, leaving shoppers with fewer brands to choose from.

Another shopper posted pictures of a Tesco in the West Midlands, where kitchen roll and toilet roll was in short supply - but had not been completely cleared out.

Fears of a second wave of coronavirus appear to be fuelling the return of panic-buying, despite some people pointing out that the 'supermarkets do stay open' in the case of another national lockdown.

There are concerns that a second wave of panic buying has already begun as shoppers share photographs of supermarkets with the shelves stripped bare (above, ASDA in London)

There are concerns that a second wave of panic buying has already begun as shoppers share photographs of supermarkets with the shelves stripped bare (above, ASDA in London)

One Twitter user shared photographs of an ASDA in London where cereals seemed in short supply (above), leaving shoppers with few brands to choose from

One Twitter user shared photographs of an ASDA in London where cereals seemed in short supply (above), leaving shoppers with few brands to choose from

Fears of a second wave of coronavirus appear to be fuelling the return of panic-buying, despite some people pointing out that the 'supermarkets do stay open'

Fears of a second wave of coronavirus appear to be fuelling the return of panic-buying, despite some people pointing out that the 'supermarkets do stay open'

One person shared pictures on Twitter, writing: 'This was my local Tesco! People are already panic buying once again! Even though supermarkets do stay open.' 

An ASDA shopper said: 'This is our ASDA it's madness and as you say even though they are staying open.'

And another person predicted that 'It's happening again'.

It has led to fears that Britain could return to the days of panic buying that were seen at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Shoppers formed queues outside supermarkets up and down the country from 6am on March 19 and had stripped shelves bare by 9am.

Supermarkets had run out of many essentials in the first few days of the Covid crisis, including hand sanitiser, medicines, toilet roll and dried food.

Panic buying led many supermarkets to ration sales or open early for the elderly to try to make sure that people were not left without supplies during lockdown.

But concerns are now rising about a second national lockdown, with some Government scientists arguing that 'there is no alternative'.

Shoppers have shared their concern on Twitter about fears of a second wave of coronavirus fuelling the return of panic-buying, which was seen at the beginning of the crisis in March

Shoppers have shared their concern on Twitter about fears of a second wave of coronavirus fuelling the return of panic-buying, which was seen at the beginning of the crisis in March

Delivery slots for supermarkets, including Ocado and Sainsbury's, are also selling out 'faster than normal' as shoppers worry that a second wave of panic buying has already started

Delivery slots for supermarkets, including Ocado and Sainsbury's, are also selling out 'faster than normal' as shoppers worry that a second wave of panic buying has already started

Supermarkets delivery slots are also booking up fast as people worry about the return of panic buying, with Ocado and Sainsbury's warning customers of high demand this week.

The online supermarkets pasted notices on their 'pick a slot' page warning customers the sites were experiencing high demand.

Ocado's read: 'Delivery slots are selling out faster than usual. If you can't find a slot now, please use the "Next 3 days" button to see available slots further in advance.'  

A notice on Sainsbury's delivery slots page said: 'Slots are still in high demand. We have been working hard to expand our service.  More slots are now available and we are able to offer some of them to other customers. 

'Customers who are vulnerable will get priority access and are able to book slots in advance of anyone else. We’re releasing new slots regularly so please check back if you can’t see any available.'

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On Saturday, Tesco was fully booked until Wednesday with an available slots all priced at £5.50 - and there were no available spaces until Monday at Asda.

Toilet roll and kitchen roll was seemingly in shorter supply than normal at a Tesco in the West Midlands, with one shopper sharing pictures of the bare shelves on Twitter (above)

Toilet roll and kitchen roll was seemingly in shorter supply than normal at a Tesco in the West Midlands, with one shopper sharing pictures of the bare shelves on Twitter (above)

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