Toilet paper SHORTAGE: Panic-buying hits again as second wave sparks panic

SHOPPERS are scrambling to stockpile toilet paper and other essential items amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

PUBLISHED: 15:16, Thu, Oct 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:16, Thu, Oct 22, 2020

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Sales of loo roll surged by 89.9 percent in Germany last week compared to pre-crisis levels. The country of 83 million has seen its infection rate skyrocket as the second wave of COVID-19 takes hold.

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On Thursday, cases rose by more than 10,000 for the first time in a single day.

Germany’s federal and state governments struggled to agree on ways to contain the second wave as shoppers rush to stock up on household items.

Sales of disinfectant have shot up by 72.5 percent and sales of soap increased by 62.3 percent, according to the country’s statistics office.

Using a German phrase for panic-buying or hoarding, the office tweeted: "Hamster purchases are starting again.”

toilet paper panic buying coronavirusThe second wave of COVID has sparked another round of panic buying of toilet paper (Image: GETTY)

toilet paper panic buying coronavirusGermans queue outside a supermarket (Image: GETTY)

Data released in April showed that stocking up on daily essentials ahead of anticipated lockdown and quarantine measures caused German retail sales to surge far beyond expectations in February.

Europe's largest economy has been hit hard by the second wave and this week the country’s health minister announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Jens Spahn began to experience “cold symptoms” and was tested hours after he attended a Cabinet meeting where Angela Merkel was present.

While Germany has had more success in containing the pandemic than other large European countries such as the UK, France, and Spain, case numbers have increased steadily over the past weeks.

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