Panic-buying has returned to Sydney following a spike in coronavirus cases - but supermarkets are calling for calm after learning from earlier purchase frenzies.

Thirty new infections were reported on Sunday, the most in a single day in months. A further 15 were reported Monday, all linked to the Northern Beaches cluster.

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It resulted in the reimposition of restrictions across Greater Sydney to prevent “seeding” events, where an outbreak occurs at a venue.

But it also appears to have resulted in localised shopping frenzies.

Photos shared online on Sunday evening, only hours after the restrictions were announced, showed bare shelves.

Shelves at a Coles in Earlwood.
Shelves at a Coles in Earlwood. Credit: Facebook
Coles in Clemton Park.
Coles in Clemton Park. Credit: Facebook

A Belmore community Facebook group, made up of residents of the southwest Sydney suburb and well clear of the Northern Beaches cluster, shared some grim photos.

The images showed the local Coles with only seven packs of toilet paper across its shelves.

Another photo from the store in nearby Roseland painted a similar picture.

The Northern Beaches weren’t in much better shape, with a Woolworths there entirely void of toilet paper on its shelves.

Shelves are empty at Coles in Redlands.
Shelves are empty at Coles in Redlands. Credit: Facebook

Woolworths and Coles both say staff are closely monitoring the situation.

But both also say they learnt from panic-buying spates when the very first wave of restrictions was brought in, noting they had plenty of stock.

A Woolworths spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au: “There’s been an uptick in demand in some of our Northern Beaches stores but not anywhere near the levels seen earlier this year.

“We’ll continue to keep a close eye on demand and our stock levels.”

Coles Chief Operations Officer Matt Swindells added: “We have well-established safety protocols based on what we have learned from COVID restrictions implemented in other states.”


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Panic-buying has returned to Sydney following a spike in coronavirus cases - but supermarkets are calling for calm after learning from earlier purchase frenzies.

Thirty new infections were reported on Sunday, the most in a single day in months. A further 15 were reported Monday, all linked to the Northern Beaches cluster.

LIVE COVID UPDATES: Venues on alert / Border bans / New restrictions

It resulted in the reimposition of restrictions across Greater Sydney to prevent “seeding” events, where an outbreak occurs at a venue.

But it also appears to have resulted in localised shopping frenzies.

Photos shared online on Sunday evening, only hours after the restrictions were announced, showed bare shelves.

Shelves at a Coles in Earlwood.
Shelves at a Coles in Earlwood. Credit: Facebook
Coles in Clemton Park.
Coles in Clemton Park. Credit: Facebook

A Belmore community Facebook group, made up of residents of the southwest Sydney suburb and well clear of the Northern Beaches cluster, shared some grim photos.

The images showed the local Coles with only seven packs of toilet paper across its shelves.

Another photo from the store in nearby Roseland painted a similar picture.

The Northern Beaches weren’t in much better shape, with a Woolworths there entirely void of toilet paper on its shelves.

Shelves are empty at Coles in Redlands.
Shelves are empty at Coles in Redlands. Credit: Facebook

Woolworths and Coles both say staff are closely monitoring the situation.

But both also say they learnt from panic-buying spates when the very first wave of restrictions was brought in, noting they had plenty of stock.

A Woolworths spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au: “There’s been an uptick in demand in some of our Northern Beaches stores but not anywhere near the levels seen earlier this year.

“We’ll continue to keep a close eye on demand and our stock levels.”

Coles Chief Operations Officer Matt Swindells added: “We have well-established safety protocols based on what we have learned from COVID restrictions implemented in other states.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: AAP

Premier Gladys Berejiklian even issued a personal plea for people not to hoard.

“There is absolutely no need to panic buy,” she said.

“Supermarkets in places where you need to pick up essential things will continue to remain open no matter what, whether it is the Northern Beaches or outside the Northern Beaches.”

Her request, however, appears to have fallen on deaf ears.







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