Coronavirus: Tesco tells people to visit stores to get food

Tesco has said that most food will still need to be purchased in-store amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The supermarket giant said it wasn’t able to meet demand as more shoppers stay at home, despite the fact it has increased its online grocery shopping capacity by more than 20%.

It said in the first weeks of the virus, there was “significant panic buying”, with sales up almost a third.

Tesco said that had now subsided with food stocks “returning to normal”.

“Between 85% and 90% of all food bought will require a visit to a store and here significant changes to the store environment have been implemented to maximise safety for colleagues and customers,” chief executive Dave Lewis said.

The chain said it would continue to try and “prioritise home delivery for the most vulnerable in society”.

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