Coronavirus: Shopper in full hazmat suit and gas mask buys meat at Tesco Extra

A person wearing a full hazmat suit was spotted stocking up at a Tesco Extra store as the spread of coronavirus continues to panic the nation.

Ethan Mees has spoken of his shock at seeing the person stocking up on food in the meat aisle of the Tesco Extra store in Yeovil, Somerset.

Pictures show the person wearing a turquoise suit, shoe covers, latex gloves and a large black gas mask.

Witnesses said the person was stockpiling on a loaf of bread, three packs of mince beef and "some sort of meat joint", Somerset Live reports.

Mr Mees, who was shopping with his father Jeremy at the time, says he saw the person at the superstore on Queensway Place at around 11am on Friday March 13.

"Everyone in the shop was looking at him," Mr Mees said.

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"I was shocked and so were a lot of people and the staff.

"It looked like a loaf of bread, three packs of mince beef and some sort of meat joint in his hand.

"I was with my dad just shopping and spotted the man dressed in an all in one suit, rubber shoe covers, gloves and a mask."

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As of Friday, a further 208 people have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus , bringing the total number of UK cases to 798.

The Department of Health updated figures on Friday afternoon, hours after Sir Patrick Vallance said at least 60% of the population needs to contact COVID-19 in order to develop "heard immunity."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned "many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time" on Thursday afternoon as the UK moved from "contain" to the "delay" phase over the coronavirus outbreak.

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