London: Sales of hand sanitiser in Britain have more than tripled as nervous customers sought to protect themselves from coronavirus, data showed Tuesday.
Hand sanitiser sales surged 255% in the four weeks to February 23 compared with the same period a year earlier, retail research company Kantar said in a statement.
Liquid soap sales increased 7% and household cleaning products leapt 10% over the same period, Kantar added.
"Given the media focus around the outbreak of Covid-19 in February, it's unsurprising to see shoppers prudently protecting themselves from illness," said Fraser McKevitt, Kantar's head of retail and consumer insight.
Britain has 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday warned that the number was "highly likely" to rise.
Worldwide, more than 3,100 people have died and over 90,000 have been infected.