Panic buying takes hold following the announcement of a new lockdown.
Supermarkets across New South Wales are being flooded with residents stocking up on essentials ahead of a two-week coronavirus lockdown.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian cautioned against panic buying after announcing that Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains would be subject to stay-at-home orders beginning at 6 p.m. today.
Despite the fact that shopping for essentials is listed as one of the four reasons to leave the house, residents are flocking to stores across the state to stock up on popular household items such as toilet paper and cooking essentials.
Supermarkets in Sydney suburbs such as Marrickville, Crows Nest, Seven Hills, Sylvania, Neutral Bay, Wentworthville, and Marsden Park have seen lengthy queues.
Customers have reported lengthy queues at Woolworths and Coles.
Today, Ms Berejilkian made it abundantly clear that there was no reason to rush to the shops.
"There is no reason to buy in a panic. Every shop will be open seven days a week," she stated.
"There is no curfew in effect. You may leave your home at any time to purchase any necessary goods, which is a given. Consider your fellow citizens and avoid panic buying."
Shelves had begun to be stripped bare yesterday following the lockdown of four local government areas in Sydney's east.
Today, 29 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were detected between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 17 of which we were already aware of.
Previously, twelve cases remained unannounced.