Lincoln County Hospital has started to ration its supply of alcohol gel over theft fears.
While the hospital did not confirm whether there had been any thefts, United Lincolnshire Hopsitals Trust said that they were taking proactive measures to prevent it.
As a result, anywhere in the hospital which is not under the direct supervision of hospital staff will be provided with less alcohol gel.
In the meantime, people in the hospital have been urged to wash their hands with soap and water.
If you’re well enough to attend your outpatient appointment you may see less alcohol gel than usual in public areas.
Hand washing with soap and water is effective against #COVID19 #coronavirus. Please ask staff for the location of the nearest hand basin.@ClinicalCss @ULHT_News https://t.co/rFspS7nxS2
— Team Lincoln Outpatients (@Team_OP_LCH) March 11, 2020
The rationing comes as people are beginning to panic buy supplies of dried foods, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, and soap in their local shops and supermarkets.
In Lincoln, photos have emerged of empty shelves at Waitrose, ASDA, and Morrisons. Supermarkets have begun to limit purchases in response.
So far, two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire: one in Lincolnshire last Friday, and a second in North Lincolnshire on Tuesday.
At least one Lincoln pupil is in coronavirus self-quarantine for the next 14 days after returning to the country from a personal trip abroad.
A Lincoln village school that arrived in Italy just before coronavirus put the country into lockdown was forced to abandon the ski trip.