People queue to buy toilet paper in a supermarket in Caracas. Supplies of food and other basic products have been patchy in recent months, with long queues forming at supermarkets and rushes occurring when there is news of a new stock arrival. The situation has spawned jokes among Venezuelans, particularly over the lack of toilet paper. The government announced this week it was importing 50 million rolls to compensate for ’over-demand due to nervous buying’. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

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