Coronavirus – Shelves cleared of wipes and gels to fend off killer

Supermarkets and pharmacies in Forres have sold out of hand sanitiser, wipes and face masks as locals heed warnings to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Shelves were empty at the Co-op, Tesco, Savers, Boots and Clear Pharmacy, as the virus reached Scotland yesterday.

Washing hands or using hand cleanser is the recommended way to prevent transmission through touch. But it can also spread through the air from coughs and sneezes.

The Health Centre on Grantown Road has stopped anyone from entering the building if they have symptoms and have travelled to an affected area, or been in contact with anyone who has the virus.


On their Facebook page, they have stated: “IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – DO NOT COME INTO THE HEALTH CENTRE. For the latest information, please visit NHS Inform website ( or call NHS24 on 111.”

One shopper told Forres Local that people were grabbing the last few bottles of sanitiser off the shelf, and that staff had told her the 60 bottles they had in stock this morning had sold out in less than an hour.

These posters in the window show that the demand for sanitiser and even face masks are high.

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