The second wave of Coronavirus in Australia has launched another bout of panic-buying.
A newly released survey from Finder, reveals that close to 1-in-3 Australians are still struggling to get the essential items that they need when shopping at the supermarket. This is in large part due to a fresh wave of panic-buying, triggered by spikes in COVID cases around the country.
Even though panic-buying began at the start of the pandemic, around five months ago, customers have confirmed low stocks on everyday grocery items.
In the month of July, one in seven Aussies struggled to purchase hand sanitiser or soap, while, extremely concerningly, 8 per cent could not get their hands on the medicine they require.
Yet again, 12 per cent of Australian shoppers do not have proper access to dry foods, such as pasta, and 10 per cent have found there to be a shortage of fresh fruits and veggies.
These shortages are thought to have stemmed from people panic-buying and stockpiling, and then Australian and International food producers experiencing a reduced rate of output due to the pandemic.
Bessie Hassan, Finder money expert, said to news.com.au: "Fears of a second wave of Coronavirus spreading across the nation have sparked a fresh round of hoarding, while some items such as hand soap have struggled to restock.
“Restrictions are in place for a reason, so be considerate of your fellow Aussies where possible and limit your purchases to only what you need.”
Woolworths managing director, Claire Peters, told 7 News that although there has been a recent surge in panic-buying, she believes it doesn't come close to what happened in March and April.
"Of course it's a little bit up, but I strongly encourage if we just continue shopping as usual there will be no issues with supply."
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