Australian supermarkets bring back restrictions as panic-buying hits Victoria

Australian supermarkets have reinforced restrictions.
Australian supermarkets have reinforced restrictions. Photo credit: Getty

Panic-buying has set in throughout Victoria as the latest spike of COVID-19 cases spark concerns. 

In Victoria, supermarkets have brought back buying limits on a number of popular items like toilet paper, hand sanitiser and flour, The Queensland times reports. 

Coles confirmed in a statement on their website, limits would be in place for all Victorian supermarkets, Coles Express convenience stores, a number of other stores and online.

"Limits also apply to Coles supermarkets in Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW, and Coles Express convenience stores in Albury, Albury Nth, Deniliquin Nth and Tocumwal."  

"Limits apply nationally to our online shopping services."

According to Reuters, Victoria had 33 new cases on Thursday, "marking nine days of double digit new cases in the state. It has around 200 current cases out of a country total of 270."

News.com.au reports the military has been called in to the state to patrol COVID-19 quarantine hotels and help in hotspot suburbs.

These measures come weeks after the country started to ease social distancing restrictions.

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