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Canadian shoppers have been filmed panic buying supplies at their local supermarket as coronavirus fear sweeps the world.

As the number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to climb, Canada is the latest country where people are rushing to supermarkets to clear out the shelves.

For the past week, shoppers in Australia have been flocking to stores and panic buying everyday items like toilet paper, tissues, pasta, bottled water, long life milk and canned goods.

Now the concerning trend seems to be spreading to other countries as COVID-19 cases increase.

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Earlier today, one Canadian shopper filmed the hysteria on his mobile phone and posted it to Facebook.

Leo Lucier's video shows long lines of shoppers at a supermarket with trolleys filled with bundles of toilet paper, bottles of water and non-perishables.

The situation was so extreme at this particular store, the line of people with trolleys extended all the way to the back of the store near the frozen food section and back around to the front, almost coming full circle.

Numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are continuing to grow in Canada, particularly the Greater Toronto Area, and shop shelves are being cleared out similar to the panic that has swept Australia.

On Twitter, some shoppers in Toronto said they were lined up at the checkout for over 45 minutes waiting to be served.

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Arguably the most coveted item still appears to be toilet paper, despite World Health Organisation officials reiterating that COVID-19 symptoms are respiratory, with those affected experiencing fever, coughing and shortness of breath – not runny noses or gastro discomfort.

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The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife were also quarantined today after testing positive to the virus and both will remain in isolation for at least the next 14 days as a precaution.

According to the Canadian Government, a total of 138 positive cases have been confirmed across the country.

The majority of those are 59 in Ontario, 46 in British Colombia, with 19 in Alberta, 13 in Quebec and one repatriated Canadian.   

Source: 9News

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