Panic grips the West Coast and coronavirus hotspot California, with anxious shoppers stocking up on canned food and Clorox wipes after first US death from the deadly disease in Seattle

Sunday, March 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

California residents hit the shops on Saturday to stock up on supplies as state becomes coronavirus hotspot
Locals loaded up on toilet paper, bottled water and canned food amid fears of a possible lockdown
More than half a dozen Californians have been diagnosed with coronavirus in recent days, officials have said
Health officials in California said two residents have contracted the disease from an ‘unknown origin’
Santa Clara County – which is home to Silicon Valley – confirmed fourth resident tested positive to the disease
Washington state reported the first US death from virus and Oregon says a person tested positive for disease

1 March 2020

Panic is setting in for residents on the West Coast as California becomes a coronavirus hotspot, Washington state reports the first US death from the virus and Oregon officials announce that an elementary school employee has tested positive for the disease.

Anxious shoppers descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies like bottled water, canned food and Clorox wipes.

The state has become a coronavirus hotspot, with more than half a dozen residents diagnosed with the disease in recent days.

Late last week, two Northern California residents were revealed to be confirmed cases despite having no known contact with anyone else who was infected.

State officials say they are bracing for similar cases of people contracting the disease from an ‘unknown origin’ and nervous locals are taking no chances.

At a Costco Wholesale market in Los Angeles Saturday morning, a swarm of shoppers loaded up carts with essential items to prepare for a possible period of quarantine.

According to the chain, water, paper towels and Clorox disinfecting wipes were the most in-demand products.

Meanwhile, cars queued at the adjoining gas station, making sure their vehicles were filled with petrol.

On social media, residents further north shared shocking photos and videos from Costco centers in San Francisco.

Shelves were depleted of tinned food, while some shoppers climbed up onto shelving in order to reach remaining supplies of rice.

It comes on the same day that Santa Clara County – located close to San Francisco – confirmed a fourth person had tested positive to Coronavirus.

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