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Shoppers In Switzerland Supermarket Stay Calm During Coronavirus Lockdown

Shoppers In Switzerland Supermarket Stay Calm During Coronavirus Lockdown

An Australian woman has shared a video of well-stocked supermarket in Switzerland during the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to get others to stay calm.

The country went into a state of emergency this week, with the government putting citizens in lockdown, with bars, restaurants, and shops - except grocery stores and pharmacies - all closed for the foreseeable.

But while photos of ransacked shelves do the rounds in the UK, the woman, who goes by the name Mel, says the Swiss are behaving very differently.

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While visiting a Co-op in Oron, near Lausanne, Mel took a brief video of the store, which showed shelves fully-stocked and people walking around, calmly picking up just as much as they needed.

She wrote: "Just back from the supermarket here in Switzerland. We're on day 2 of a country-wide lock down and it looks like this.

"Everyone seems to be keeping their cool and doing what they need to do to get through this thing."

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She then posted photos showing shelves were still stocked with pasta and loo roll, though a fair chunk had been snapped up already, and enough pop to last a lifetime.

However, not everyone agreed with her idyllic picture of Switzerland.

Commenting on her post, one person said: "I live in Switzerland and trust me, it doesn't look like this anywhere I went to."

A second user, sharing a video of empty shelves, added: "That's funny. This is a video that my brother sent me about a shop in Lausanne. Something about creating perspectives, no?"

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While another added that supermarkets in some larger cities in the country have imposed limits on the number of people allowed into a store at any one time.

But the fact that this calm picture is not universal shows the importance of people taking it seriously and the need for everyone to do their bit and watch out for each other.

Who really needs 10 jumbo packs of bog roll and 30 litres of hand sanitiser?

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If you still don't believe me, maybe this will persuade you.

Yesterday, a critical care nurse shared an emotional plea with panic buyers to stop stripping shelves and hoarding after she was unable to find any food following a 48-hour shift.

Dawn Bilbrough, from York, shared the clip on her Facebook page where it has since gone viral, with thousands condemning those who are stockpiling amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A tearful Dawn filmed herself sat in her car after visiting a supermarket and having to leave without any food.

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She said: "I've just come out the supermarket and there's no fruit and veg. I had a little cry in there.

"I just wanted to get something in for the next 48 hours. There's no fruit there's no vegetables, I just don't know how I'm supposed to stay healthy.

"There's people stripping the shelves of basic foods, you just need to stop it, it's people like me who are going to be looking after you when you're at your lowest, please."

Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/

Featured Image Credit: @mel_giancarlo

Topics: World News, Interesting, Coronavirus, Health

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]