Shelves have been stripped at Golden Grove Woolworths. Credit: 7NEWS

Panic buying hits Coles, Woolworths and Costco stores amid new SA COVID outbreak

It’s been less than 24 hours since an Adelaide COVID-19 cluster exploded in the northern suburbs and shelves are already being stripped of toilet paper.

Shoppers at Kilburn Costco say 15 pallets of toilet paper were sold on Monday morning, leaving stocks bare.

Members have been limited to one pack per customer in response.

Empty shelves were spotted at Golden Grove Woolworths and Coles Glenelg.

Limits have been imposed on Costco members as toilet paper stocks are depleted.
Limits have been imposed on Costco members as toilet paper stocks are depleted. Credit: 7NEWS

The retail workers’ union has called for calm amid reports staff members are already being accosted over low stock levels.

“We are already hearing reports of panic buying in supermarkets,” SDA Secretary Josh Peak said.

“This is a stressful time for everyone. Retail workers are doing their absolute best to keep stock on the shelves.

Shelves have been stripped at Golden Grove Woolworths.
Shelves have been stripped at Golden Grove Woolworths. Credit: 7NEWS

“Stay calm, and treat frontline workers with respect.

“We’re all in this together.”

Authorities have reassured South Australians there will be plenty to go around and have pleaded with consumers to only purchase what is needed as restrictions are reimposed.

Premier Steven Marshall announced on Monday that a number of COVID-19 measures would come back into force from 11.59pm.

Pubs, restaurants, gyms, funerals and private gatherings will all be heavily restricted.

See the full list of new restrictions here.

“It’s fair to say that we are now facing our biggest test to date,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

“I want to assure all South Australians that we are working around-the-clock to get this cluster under control.

“Time is now of the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively.”

State on the edge

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier says the infections have all stemmed from a worker looking after repatriated overseas citizens in one of the city’s medi-hotels.

“We have tested the two people who were security guards from a medi-hotel and the one person who works in the medi-hotel in back of house,” Spurrier said.

One of those workers then infected 15 family members.

Professor Nicola Spurrier says she believes more cases will stem from the cluster.
Professor Nicola Spurrier says she believes more cases will stem from the cluster. Credit: AAP

A number of northern suburbs bus routes, an Adelaide CBD hotel and Elizabeth Shopping Centre have been identified as high-risk locations.

Two schools, an aged care facility and Hungry Jack’s store have also been forced to shut down.

See the full list of exposure sites here.

Spurrier says while it’s not there yet, South Australia is now staring down the barrel of a second wave.

“We are in very, very early days,” she said.

People queuing at the COVID-19 Testing site at Parafield Airport.
People queuing at the COVID-19 Testing site at Parafield Airport. Credit: Kelly Barnes/Getty Images

Within 24 hours, South Australia has been effectively shut out of half the country with WA, Tasmania, the NT and QLD slamming their borders shut.

Victoria has imposed tougher restrictions for travellers arriving from South Australia while NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says authorities are monitoring the situation closely.


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