Callous thieves blasted for stealing hand sanitiser, soap and toilet roll from hospitals during coronavirus outbreak

CALLOUS thieves have today been blasted for stealing hand sanitiser, toilet roll and soap from hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran revealed a number of vital items have been stolen from their hospitals as heroic medical staff treat patients affected by the deadly bug.

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It comes as:

  • Kids of key workers at frontline of coronavirus battle will be allowed to stay in school
  • China and other Asian countries facing second wave of deadly infections
  • Coronavirus test will be available to hundreds of thousands ASAP
  • Government to use phone data to track people breaking virus lockdowns
  • Brits suspected of having coronavirus could be held for up to six weeks
  • Nurse’s tearful plea after ending 48-hour shift to find shelves empty 

Every day this week, thousands of panic-buyers have lined up at 6am outside supermarkets to fill their trolleys with goods despite stores issuing strict rules and heartbreaking pictures showing elderly people staring at empty shelves.

And the Scottish health board has now begged people to “be respectful” after the essential products went missing.

It said: “Please be caring & respect the needs of our patients & staff in these difficult times. We’re experiencing theft of handgel, toilet roll & hand soap.


“We understand there have been shortages of these items in shops but taking them from hospitals impacts vulnerable patients. #BeKind.”

The latest figures show 144 people have died in the UK after testing positive for the disease, with 3,269 confirmed cases.

At 1am, the Government listed the key workers whose children will be allowed back to school as they play a crucial role in Britain's fight against coronavirus.

The working heroes include nurses, police officers and delivery drivers and their children will be exempt from the decision to close classrooms from Monday to stop the spread of the deadly bug.

Please be caring & respect the needs of our patients & staff in these difficult times. We’re experiencing theft of handgel, toilet roll & hand soap.

A No10 confirmed to The Sun Online only one parent needs to be eligible for kids to be allowed back to class.

The Government today named nine sectors "critical to the COVID-19 response" – Health and social care; Education and childcare; Key public services; Local and national government; Food and necessary goods; Public safety and national security; Transport and Utilities, communication and financial services.

Families have been urged not to leave their children with grandparents aged over 70 in order to protect the elderly, who are most at risk from the deadly bug.


Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "We still need to have our critical infrastructure that continues to work and function."

The announcement as Boris Johnson spells out his warplan to beat coronavirus.

Boris told the nation he is "absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country" and the tide can be turned within three months.

He said: "I'm conscious as the days have gone by that people will want to know how long we're expecting them to keep it up.

"I think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I'm absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country.

"But only if we all take the steps that we've outlined, that is vital, that's how we're going to reduce the peak and once we've achieved that and I think that we will, if we take the steps I've said, then the scientific progress that we've been making will really start coming into play."


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