Huge queues, packed stores & empty shelves after Australian city announces 5-day Covid lockdown over single confirmed case
Videos showed mega-lines forming outside several Woolworths supermarkets in a final rush to panic buy supplies after a single confirmed case of Covid-19 from a quarantine hotel security guard prompted the city to announce a new lockdown.Also on rt.com Australia approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine but warns supply issues could impact distribution
Unlike most of the world, Australians have enjoyed a relatively relaxed environment during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Western Australia – where Perth is situated – had previously not recorded even a single case of the virus locally for 10 months.
Woolworths Whitford City right now. pic.twitter.com/ADJYoh3LJd— Gareth Parker (@G_Parker) January 31, 2021
Clips showed the majority of shopping trolleys stacked with large packs of toilet paper as the shelves were stripped bare, and huge crowds of mostly maskless Western Australians could be seen congregating in the stores with very little social distancing.
Woolworths Perth city - we didn’t need any just wanted to see if people are still nuts pic.twitter.com/EE7xePskjr— St Thomas (@StThoma37093863) January 31, 2021
There is literally a cue to get into Woolworths in Aveley. The car park has been closed as Perth residents start panic buying. I arrived here as the McGowan presser started. pic.twitter.com/7TRO0ImoJP— Rangi Hirini (@rangihirini) January 31, 2021
Even items like fresh fruit, milk, and eggs were panic bought off the shelves, despite the fact that supermarkets will remain open.
Still here... the lines are crazy. Fresh milk almost gone. pic.twitter.com/eJ2jg3rZQ7— Rangi Hirini (@rangihirini) January 31, 2021
The lockdown, which was announced by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and is in place from Sunday evening until Friday, temporarily forbids restaurants, bars, gyms, schools, and other social venues from opening, limits exercise, allows only essential travel, and enacts mandatory face masks in public.
At a press conference, McGowan said that although “for many Western Australians this is going to come as a shock,” the state "cannot forget how quickly this virus can spread, nor the devastation it can cause" and must “deal with” the threat “very, very quickly and harshly” when it arises.
The majority of Australian Covid-19 cases have been recorded in and around the city of Melbourne and its state of Victoria, which has had over 20,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Western Australia, in comparison, has recorded just 903 cases and nine deaths.Also on rt.com New Zealand trade minister calls on Australia to ‘show respect’ to China amid Beijing-Canberra trade war
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