Shoppers have already begun panic buying less than 24 hours after South Australia was hit by a growing coronavirus cluster.
“We are facing the biggest test to date but we can and must rise to this new challenge,” he said.
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier was asked if she was concerned about people panicking to which she replied: “I think it is too early to tell”.
However, it seems people have already resorted to panic buying.
Some Adelaide supermarkets were seen with emptying toilet paper shelves.
There were reports of panic buying at Golden Grove Woolworths, Coles Glenlg and Foodland in Happy Valley.
On Facebook, people expressed dismay that panic buying was “happening again”.
“Really? Haven’t people learnt yet?” one woman wrote.
can’t believe i have to say this again but adelaide: DO. NOT. and i really mean DO. NOT. buy mass amounts of toilet paper, cleaning products or any other essential items with the “just in case!” comment and mentality. it is EXACTLY why the panic buying started last time.
— hannah (@JURASSlCWORLD) November 16, 2020
The Great Toilet Paper Stampede of 2020 has returned... Coles at Dernancourt in Adelaide right now... 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/KzRxReD74u
— Usually Nude (@paulnudeisbest) November 16, 2020
One Twitter user wrote that the “idiot brigade” has struck again.
“You cannot be serious,” another woman wrote. “Makes no sense or logic whatsoever.”
The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association secretary Josh Peak told 7News it’s “a stressful time for everyone”.
“Stay calm, and treat frontline workers with respect,” he said. “We’re all in this together.”
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