People struck down with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are buying so much paracetamol that supplies are running low in many shops.
Official data published today indicates that nearly a third either have low or no supplies of the painkiller. Ibuprofen is also in high demand with a fifth of stores experiencing shortages.
Those needing pain relief, however, should still have no difficulty finding the drugs they need. The data shows that 71 per cent of shops have a high or medium level of paracetamol available while 80 per cent have enough ibuprofen.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also indicate that people are buying more rolls of lavatory paper, perhaps to deal with the sniffles that are a common symptom of the latest wave of Covid-19.
The ONS reported that one in ten shops had low supplies lavatory paper while one in 20 had … Read more