The deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has announced that pharmacists have been told to dispense only one month’s worth of prescription medicines from today.

Mr Kelly said there were no shortages however unprecedented demand due to stockpiling off the back of the coronavirus outbreak has put a strain on supplies.

“As the Prime Minister said yesterday about panic buying, please do not buy more than you need, whether that’s food and particularly medicines,” Mr Kelly said.

The restriction includes Ventolin-style puffers which will now be limited to one per customer.

He also announced that pharmacists will be required to place children’s Paracetamol formulations and syrup behind the counter.

Mr Kelly also gave extra recommendations on how to keep up general hygiene, reiterating that we should be social distancing where possible and not touching our faces.