Coronavirus sparks grocery panic with baby items ‘sold out everywhere’
A shortage of the baby milk formulas as well as other essential childcare items such as nappies, wipes and hand sanitiser are being reported in supermarkets by worried mums and dads.
Some have expressed major fears online, claiming it’s “almost impossible” to snag the baby items as they are “sold out everywhere” as people rush to stock up in a bid to protect themselves from the deadly COVID-19 virus.
“We use sanitiser regularly for hand washing before doing our sons tube feeds and my god trying to get some the other night as well as nappies and baby wipes EVERYWHERE was sold out,” one worried mum wrote on Facebook.
“For us this is a major a concern as our 3yr old has an immune deficiency and the Coronavirus would kill him,” one mum said.
“I’ve not been able to find baby wipes anywhere,” another added.
The same sentiments were echoed on Twitter, with parents revealing some Woolworths and Coles stores were stripped bare of nappies and baby formula.
I went shopping this morning & if Coles in Coburg is anything to go by, there is much #PandemicPreparedness shopping going on. I saw a woman fill a trolley sky-high with Detol wipes & nappies. I bought 4 tins of tomatoes & 3 packs of pasta. A few of bottles of 🍷& we’ll be set! pic.twitter.com/Ud95xgOlyT
— Lisa Wild (@wheeliebinit) February 29, 2020
People are so terrified of the Corona Virus that all of the supermarkets near me in a 5 mile radius are legit out of baby wipes but none of the schools are closed except for ONE community college here. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm #Coronovirius
— SnipSnoop (@Snipsnoop3) March 1, 2020
Woolworths confirmed the situation to news.com.au — explaining there was a an “increased demand for baby care products over the weekend, which led to temporary stock shortages across some of our stores”.
“We have good stock levels to draw on in our distribution centres and our teams have been working hard to replenish products as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson added.
“We apologise to customers for the inconvenience and thank them for their patience.”
Coles however have urged shoppers not to worry, reassuring any concerned shoppers they are increasing deliveries on popular products.
“Coles has increased the number of deliveries to stores this week to improve availability on popular products, such as long-life pantry staples and healthcare items,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.
“Coles is committed to ensuring our customers have access to infant formula.
Thanks to a recent improvement in supply, we have increased sales quantities to four units per customer. Where formula is unavailable on the shelf, we encourage customers to speak with their local store manager.”
The news of baby product shortages comes just days after the a2 Milk Company revealed the company had benefited from the coronavirus outbreak in China, stating sales of the baby formula had spiked as consumers stockpiled essential items.
Photographs of the store afterwards showed empty aisles and bare shelves and shoppers reported being intimidated by others pushing in and seizing items.
Last week, supermarkets and chemists were “stripped bare” of hand sanitiser, with one brand telling news.com.au they had “sold out” completely and were struggling to keep up with demand.
It has wreaked havoc with the global economy and now it has been warned that Australia is one of the nation’s most at-risk.
The virus has now spread to 33 new countries in the past nine days – bringing the total number of affected countries to more than 60.
Originally published as Extreme panic buying hits Australia