Panic buying returns to Australia following spike in coronavirus cases

There are signs that panic buying has returned to Melbourne supermarkets as Victoria experiences a concerning spike in coronavirus cases.

Shoppers have reportedly started stocking up on essential items and food amid fears tough new restrictions will be imposed to stamp out the virus.

Victoria recorded its seventh consecutive day of a double-digit increase in cases on Tuesday, with Premier Daniel Andrews confirming 17 new cases had been identified overnight.

In a statement to The News, a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed that a handful of stores had experienced “elevated demand” for toilet paper

“We’ve seen elevated demand for toilet roll in a handful of Melbourne stores today,” the spokesperson said.

“We have plenty of stock to draw on in our distribution centres and will replenish shelves in those stores quickly.

“We’ll continue to keep a close eye on stock levels in the coming days, and ask customers to buy only what they need.”

File image: Woolworths has urged shoppers to stay calm, saying the supermarket has plenty of supplies in reserve.
Woolworths has urged shoppers to stay calm, saying the supermarket has plenty of supplies in reserve. 

In March, supermarkets experienced unprecedented demand for toilet paper as panicked shoppers stripped shelves of stock.

Woolworths alone sold a staggering 39.7 millions rolls a week mid-March at the height of crisis.

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