EFEBy Susana Samhan Washington

No fruit, no meat, no cleaning products: shoppers at some supermarkets in the United States are encountering empty shelves as the Omicron variant drives another surge in the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to staff shortages and aggravating existing problems with the supply chain.

At one store here in Washington, the produce section looks like the aftermath of a hurricane and the meat department has no chicken.

But the shelves at another supermarket just a few kilometers away in the heart of the nation's capital are well stocked.