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Aussie Newspaper Prints Extra Pages To Help Amid Coronavirus Toilet Paper Frenzy

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-03-06T03:57:48+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-03/05/5e61217e791cad0db73d3f9c/5e61217ebb9fff0001cef446_o_F_v1.jpg?w=1600&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p>An Australian newspaper is doing its part to help out as the nation struggles with a <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/australians-hoard-toilet-paper-amid-coronavirus-panic_au_5e5ec51ec5b63aaf8f5e85f3?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage">toilet paper “crisis”</a> prompted by panic-buying amid the <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/news/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> outbreak.</p><p>Darwin-based NT News, known for its tongue-in-cheek headlines and silly social media antics, printed a special edition with some extra blank pages on Thursday.</p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div><h3>Related...</h3><ul><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/australians-hoard-toilet-paper-amid-coronavirus-panic_au_5e5ec51ec5b63aaf8f5e85f3?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Australians Hoard Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Panic"> Australians Hoard Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Panic </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-toilet-paper-reaction_au_5e617170c5b601904ea79206?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Coronavirus Toilet Paper Hysteria: Love Island's Sophie Monk Rolls Out Hilarious Response"> Coronavirus Toilet Paper Hysteria: Love Island's Sophie Monk Rolls Out Hilarious Response </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sara-cody-licks-hand-coronavirus_au_5e617ffcc5b647a5bd2f1ac9?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Coronavirus Health Official Warns People Not To Touch Their Mouths, Then Licks Her Hand"> Coronavirus Health Official Warns People Not To Touch Their Mouths, Then Licks Her Hand </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-sydney-school-school-closed_au_5e618c7dc5b647a5bd2f2805?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Australia's First School Shutdown Over Coronavirus As Sydney Student Tests Positive"> Australia's First School Shutdown Over Coronavirus As Sydney Student Tests Positive </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><div><p>“Run out of loo paper? The NT News cares,” the front page reads. “That’s why we’ve printed an eight-page special liftout inside, complete with handy cut lines, for you to use in an emergency.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">YES, WE ACTUALLY DID PRINT IT <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toiletpapercrisis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#toiletpapercrisis</a><a href="https://t.co/jusP50ojYu" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/jusP50ojYu</a></p>— The NT News (@TheNTNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheNTNews/status/1235320458733588482?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>The paper’s editor, Matt Williams, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/mar/05/australian-newspaper-prints-extra-pages-to-help-out-in-toilet-paper-shortage" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">told Guardian Australia</a> that the issue was selling well and was “certainly not a crappy edition.”</p><p>Australians are buying so much toilet paper ― ahead of nonperishable foods, hand sanitizer and other products ― that shelves have been stripped bare in many stores. Supermarkets have implemented <a href="https://twitter.com/woolworths/status/1234959829434695680?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">purchase limits</a> on the number of rolls in an effort to limit the frenzy.</p><p>This stockpiling comes despite reassurance from authorities, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that there is adequate supply. Most of the nation’s toilet tissue is made domestically, and some manufacturers are reportedly moving into <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/supermarkets-stockpile-toilet-paper-production-runs-24-hours-20200303-p546hm.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">24-hour production</a> to meet the surging demand.<span dir="ltr" aria-describedby="slack-kit-tooltip"> </span></p><p>The spike in purchases has prompted hashtags such as #ToiletPaperCrisis, #ToiletPaperApocalypse and #ToiletPaperGate to spread on social media.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The women behind me at the Aldi check out <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toiletpaper?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#toiletpaper</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirusaustralia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#coronavirusaustralia</a><a href="https://t.co/XnenmvnQaR" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/XnenmvnQaR</a></p>— Sonia Giusto (@SoniaCrestpac) <a href="https://twitter.com/SoniaCrestpac/status/1234772991700979712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 3, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I didn't realise Caronavirus made you shit that much!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toiletpapergate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#toiletpapergate</a><a href="https://t.co/WOZ0weR1yY" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/WOZ0weR1yY</a></p>— Andy Lee (@andy_lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/andy_lee/status/1235027263524974592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>The uptick began over the weekend when new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the country. As of Friday, Australia had <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-05/coronavirus-live-updates-james-bond-travel-ban-south-korea/12027046" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">over 50 confirmed cases</a> of the novel coronavirus.</p><p>In Sydney, where demand has surged <a href="https://twitter.com/simongriffiths/status/1234740269804711936?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the most</a>, police were called to an altercation at a supermarket Wednesday with <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/police-investigating-after-person-allegedly-threatened-knife-over-toilet-paper-025939157.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reports</a> of a knife being pulled in a dispute over toilet paper rolls.</p><p>When a truck carrying toilet paper <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-05/toilet-paper-truck-catches-fire-brisbane/12027262" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">burst into flames</a> near the city of Brisbane in a bizarre accident, fire authorities said they were thankful nobody was hurt and they were able to “save” half of the vehicle’s “precious” cargo.</p><p>Ethical toilet paper delivery service Who Gives A Crap <a href="https://twitter.com/WhoGivesACrapTP/status/1234863549601767437?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">advised</a> that its sales had skyrocketed by 800% and it was <a href="https://twitter.com/WhoGivesACrapTP/status/1234968401786728448?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sold out</a> due to “panic buying madness.”</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e617ea8260000a51fb604db.jpeg?ops=crop_23_737_3001_2627,scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Shelves are bare in supermarkets across Sydney." data-caption="Shelves are bare in supermarkets across Sydney." data-credit="HuffPost" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>Official guidance had suggested that people practice good hygiene and consider stocking up on two weeks’ worth of food and household goods if necessary.</p><p>The New South Wales state health department <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWHealth/status/1235441747070574592?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">has since advised</a> that there’s no need to bulk-buy toilet paper and other products, highlighting that people can call on friends, family and grocery delivery services in the event of a 14-day self-isolation.</p><p>The frenzy took on a life of its own on social media.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What people in the past thought 2020 was gonna be like: flying cars, cure for cancer, cities on the moon <br><br>What 2020 is really like: man tasered in regional town after alleged store fight over toilet paper shortage</p>— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshButler/status/1235466755171995648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 5, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If you need that much bog roll for a potential 14 day quarantine, I think Coronavirus is the least of your troubles 💩🤦🏼‍♀️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperApocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperApocalypse</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/toiletpapercrisis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#toiletpapercrisis</a><a href="https://t.co/GvSAjkZLtm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/GvSAjkZLtm</a></p>— KB (@KTB1115) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTB1115/status/1235141991094091777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When last month’s ironic housewarming gift is suddenly revealed to be eerily prophetic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperApocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperApocalypse</a><a href="https://t.co/S68BdLhOTb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/S68BdLhOTb</a></p>— Sherryn Groch (@Sherryn_G) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sherryn_G/status/1235166407974764544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I regret nothing! NOTHING! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperCrisis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperCrisis</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperApocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperApocalypse</a><a href="https://t.co/lcFXb2UMFm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/lcFXb2UMFm</a></p>— Colonel Kickhead (@colonelkickhead) <a href="https://twitter.com/colonelkickhead/status/1235172929568030722?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You’re a bit buggered if you do actually need to buy toilet paper.</p>— Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) <a href="https://twitter.com/hughriminton/status/1235448273587941376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 5, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This Thai busker would not last a minute on Australian streets <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperGate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperGate</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperCrisis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperCrisis</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletGate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletGate</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperEmergency?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperEmergency</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperApocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperApocalypse</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Australia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Australia</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Coronavirus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Coronavirus</a><a href="https://t.co/CUoSWvFSVg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/CUoSWvFSVg</a></p>— maddogandthemaddogs (@maddogsband) <a href="https://twitter.com/maddogsband/status/1235588595148152832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 5, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Who wants to help us start a rumour that reading Australian literature is just as vital as toilet paper for survival so we can get some indie bookstores looking like this? <a href="https://t.co/lICL8644Dw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/lICL8644Dw</a></p>— City of Literature (@MelCityofLit) <a href="https://twitter.com/MelCityofLit/status/1235435829943611393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 5, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">People are beginning to raid the kitty litter aisle PLEASE TELL ME THIS ISN’T A BACK UP PLAN FOR THE TOILET PAPER SHORTAGE <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToiletPaperApocalypse?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ToiletPaperApocalypse</a><a href="https://t.co/hvegGx5EYz" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/hvegGx5EYz</a></p>— Jess McGuire (@jessmcguire) <a href="https://twitter.com/jessmcguire/status/1235443162954465280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 5, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

An Australian newspaper is doing its part to help out as the nation struggles with a toilet paper “crisis” prompted by panic-buying amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Darwin-based NT News, known for its tongue-in-cheek headlines and silly social media antics, printed a special edition with some extra blank pages on Thursday.

“Run out of loo paper? The NT News cares,” the front page reads. “That’s why we’ve printed an eight-page special liftout inside, complete with handy cut lines, for you to use in an emergency.”

The paper’s editor, Matt Williams, told Guardian Australia that the issue was selling well and was “certainly not a crappy edition.”

Australians are buying so much toilet paper ― ahead of nonperishable foods, hand sanitizer and other products ― that shelves have been stripped bare in many stores. Supermarkets have implemented purchase limits on the number of rolls in an effort to limit the frenzy.

This stockpiling comes despite reassurance from authorities, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that there is adequate supply. Most of the nation’s toilet tissue is made domestically, and some manufacturers are reportedly moving into 24-hour production to meet the surging demand. 

The spike in purchases has prompted hashtags such as #ToiletPaperCrisis, #ToiletPaperApocalypse and #ToiletPaperGate to spread on social media.

The uptick began over the weekend when new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the country. As of Friday, Australia had over 50 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In Sydney, where demand has surged the most, police were called to an altercation at a supermarket Wednesday with reports of a knife being pulled in a dispute over toilet paper rolls.

When a truck carrying toilet paper burst into flames near the city of Brisbane in a bizarre accident, fire authorities said they were thankful nobody was hurt and they were able to “save” half of the vehicle’s “precious” cargo.

Ethical toilet paper delivery service Who Gives A Crap advised that its sales had skyrocketed by 800% and it was sold out due to “panic buying madness.”

Shelves are bare in supermarkets across Sydney.

Official guidance had suggested that people practice good hygiene and consider stocking up on two weeks’ worth of food and household goods if necessary.

The New South Wales state health department has since advised that there’s no need to bulk-buy toilet paper and other products, highlighting that people can call on friends, family and grocery delivery services in the event of a 14-day self-isolation.

The frenzy took on a life of its own on social media.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-toilet-paper-australian-newspaper_au_5e61bed8c5b601904ea7eac2

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