A SHOPPER was filmed rushing off covering her face during an ITV News coronavirus broadcast – sparking rumours she should’ve been self-isolating.
The startled woman wearing a pink coat and headphones was spotted in the background outside a London supermarket during the 6pm bulletin yesterday.
The woman was caught looking startled as she left the shop She panicked and covered her face before darting past the camera
She noticed the camera, stopped, stared at it, and jigged about on the spot unable to decide what to do.
She walked off in one direction and then the other, before covering her eyes and striding swiftly past the reporter.
Sky Sports commentator Gary Taphouse shared the bizarre clip on Twitter and wrote: “I’m self-isolating at home, see you in two weeks”.
It’s not known exactly why the panicked woman didn’t want to be filmed, but social media users joked she may have been sneakily off work.
One of his followers said “why doesn’t she just walk the other way?” and Gary replies “I know, it’s just blind panic”.
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It comes as the Government and food bosses called for an end to panic buying — and ministers signalled they may now ration certain products if the mob mentality in stores continues.
The UK cases are currently at 1,421 with a death toll of 35 – as positive cases climb.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock implored selfish shoppers to “behave responsibly” and “consider the impact that their stocking up might have on others”.
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He spoke after video emerged of customers lining up with trolleys for up to 40 minutes before supermarkets opened.
A Costco in Manchester was swamped while queues outside the branch in Watford were hundr of yards long.
Footage taken inside that store later recorded warnings there were “only a few left” of its 40-roll toilet paper packs.
And Iceland has announced some stores will open one hour earlier for elderly shoppers so they can avoid huge crowds during the coronavirus outbreak.
It means older customers will be able to shop for essentials without fear of being caught up in mass scenes of panic buyers.
Mr Hancock warned every Briton over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay home for up to four months to protect themselves from coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Self isolation is set to become a reality for thousands of British people in the coming weeks, as cases of coronavirus soar.
Consider the impact that their stocking up might have on others.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Boris Johnson said anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature should stay at home for seven days.
On Friday, the London Marathon was postponed until October because of the pandemic.
After struggling to make an official decision on banning mass gatherings as the cases and death toll grew, Mr Johnson is set to axe them this week.
The PM also wants a lot more businesses to move towards “widespread working from home”.
Mr Johnson is working with the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser on plans to “stop various types of public event”.
The Government has yet to decide the size of events to be banned – they could include Glastonbury, Royal Ascot, the Grand National, the Chelsea Flower Show and even Wimbledon could be played behind closed doors.
Any ban will be part of emergency laws unveiled today.
The coronavirus crisis could last a year and leave 7.9 million patients in hospital, a leaked health report warned.
It comes as the wife of Britain’s youngest coronavirus victim yesterday told of her agony after he died from the bug aged 59.
Heartbroken Mary Matthews described husband Nick as her “soulmate”.
Retired police officer Nick, who has underlying health issues, contracted the bug after going on holiday to Spain to celebrate his birthday.