Toilet Paper Panic Buying Erupts In South Australia After Coronavirus Cluster Outbreak
South Australia recorded 17 new cases of coronavirus yesterday (Monday November 16).
That was more than quadruple the number of infections the day before and health authorities issued a warning about a cluster outbreak.
States and territories across the country reintroduced restrictions on South Australians' movement and the Premier announced new restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Just when you thought we had learned from the first wave, people went to their local supermarket and cleared out the aisles.
Toilet paper was again the main target even though you only need a two week supply if you're told to self-isolate.
People on social media rallied against those who were buying more than they needed and insisted that there is plenty to go around if you shop appropriately.
One person said: "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!'. it is EXACTLY why the panic buying started last time."
A new update was issued this morning (November 17) saying only one new case of Covid-19 has been recorded after thousands of people were tested in a huge blitz yesterday.
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Premier Steven Marshall said the next few weeks will be a massive test and has called on his citizens to help each other out.
"I said last week, Covid has challenged us but has not defeated us," the Premier said. "We will throw absolutely everything at this to get on top of the cluster.
"Gyms, recreation centres, trampolines, cafes are to close. Community sport fixtures are temporarily cancelled, and this applies to indoor and outdoor sports. Contact and non-contact.
"I would advise that outdoor activities like boot camps can continue exactly as they were in the early days of the COVID restrictions in SA."
All schools will remain open, funerals are being capped at 50 people and churches will have a 100 person capacity. There will be a maximum of 10 people per booking at pubs and restaurants as well.
People providing personal services like hair cuts and tattoos will have to wear a face mask. People are being encouraged to work from home if they can and to wear a face mask if they can't socially distance while in public.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "We are supporting South Australia in every way that we can and they are aware of that, but I have got to say they have got a lot of people who have moved into isolation.
"They are running down the contacts. We have stood up the aged care response centre in South Australia."
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