Coronavirus: Supermarkets can’t meet demand for online groceries, George Eustice admits

The capacity of supermarkets to deliver food will still not be enough to meet heightened demand during the lockdown, the government has admitted.

George Eustice, the environment secretary, told the daily Downing Street press conference that supplies of food within the retail sector were back to normal pre-crisis levels but said that more delivery slots were needed to provide for households buying food online.

There were 2.1 million delivery slots a week for online groceries before the pandemic. This has been increased to 2.6 million to meet extra demand from people who are shielding and cannot go to the shops themselves.

Mr Eustice said that supermarkets intended to add a further 300,000 over the next couple of weeks but “it will still not be enough

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