New Delhi: In the wake of panic buying of masks and toilet papers amid coronavirus scare, Australia’s biggest supermarket on Wednesday announced a limit on toilet paper purchases. Woolworths said the restriction of four packs of toilet paper per person would apply “to ensure more customers have access to the products”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Do Indian Namaskar, Ditch Handshake, Says Goa BJP Leader
“It will help shore up stock levels as suppliers ramp up local production and deliveries in response to higher-than-usual demand,” the company said in a statement. Also Read - Coronavirus: CBSE Allows Students to Carry Masks, Sanitizers in Exam Halls For the Ongoing Class 10, 12 Boards | Highlights
Despite government assurances, there has been a run on some items at Australian supermarkets in recent days, with images on social media purportedly showing shelves stripped of goods such as toilet paper, pasta and canned food, the AFP reported. Also Read - Twitter Advices Its 5000 Global Employees to Work from Home Amid Coronavirus Fears
Australia has reported 41 confirmed cases of the virus, including one death.
“I can understand why people may be concerned, and go to supermarkets, and do those sorts of things. But the advice is that’s not necessary,” he told 2GB Radio on Wednesday.
Amid a new spate of coronavirus scare with fresh cases being reported from many countries apart from China, including South Korea, Iran and Italy, the World Health Organisation has assured that Covid-19 can be contained as it’s different from seasonal flu. “But we are in uncharted territory,” WHO chief has said.
(With Agency Inputs)