Tesco has introduced limits to prevent customers bulk-buying key products after the government introduced new curbs to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

It comes following reports that UK supermarkets have become fearful of a delivery slot shortage after demands spiked following a warning from the Prime Minister of intensified coronavirus restrictions and speculations of a second lockdown.

Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda, Co-op and Tesco shoppers across the country have already been venting their frustration on social media to share photos of empty supermarket shelves as this week's new measures saw the return of greedy covidiots stockpiling.

Morrisons has already implemented a similar limit on products this week following Boris Johnson's warning that the UK is at a 'perilous tipping point' in its battle against the deadly disease.

A ravaged toilet roll aisle in Sainsbury's in Great Sankey, Warrington, this week

Tesco has now introduced a three-item limit on certain products in a move which is expected to reduce the potential for bulk buying and follows a similar policy to earlier this year.

"We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal," a spokeswoman said.

"To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products."

It is understood that the three-item limit will affect flour dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes.

Near empty shelves at Asda in Pipps Hill, Essex, this week

There are additional limits on some products online as well, including rice and canned vegetables.

Tesco has also confirmed that colleagues will be stationed at entrances to promote social distancing rules.

The spokesperson said this will "help our customers to shop safely" at larger stores in the UK.

These staff members will remind shoppers about the current safety measure in place.

This includes a legal requirement for customers to wear a face covering inside all retail facilities.

Further information on Tesco's current safety measures can be found on its official website.