Looks like panic buying is back as Victoria endures a surge in COVID-19 cases
24.06.2020

Looks like panic buying is back as Victoria endures a surge in COVID-19 cases

Words by Kate Streader

Here we go again.

Supermarkets across Melbourne have urged shoppers to only buy what they need as people rush to stock up on toilet paper and other essentials amidst the current spike in new coronavirus cases in Victoria.

Some shops have re-introduced limits on popular items, such as toilet paper, as they prepare for a second wave of panic buying. Supermarkets located within hotspot zones have been hit the hardest as the government debates introducing concentrated lockdowns in certain suburbs.

“We saw elevated demand for toilet rolls in a small number of Melbourne stores yesterday,” a Woolworths spokesperson told SBS News. “We have plenty of stock to draw on in our distribution centres and will replenish shelves in those stores quickly.”

Several Melburnians have taken to Twitter to show the barren shelves at their local Coles and Woolworths.

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