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Panic buying resurgence in Sydney as lockdown looms

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Supermarket shelves have been stripped of essential household items following the announcement of a week-long snap lockdown for several Sydney suburbs.

Supermarket shelves are being stripped bare across Sydney after a snap week-long lockdown was announced for several inner-city suburbs.

The number of COVID-19 cases in NSW has surged again today with 22 new local cases announced.

The total number of cases linked to the Bondi cluster now sits at 65.

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Panic buying Sydney Broadway

From midnight tonight, people who live and work in Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney will be subject to a new stay-at-home order.

That will be in place for a week, until next Friday.

Anyone who has been working in the four locked-down local government areas for the past two weeks is now subject to the same stay-at-home order.

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People panic buying avocados in Broadway Shopping Centre, Sydney.

People will only be able to leave if they can't work or be educated from home, need to provide care or compassion to a relative, exercise in groups of 10 people or under, or do essential grocery shopping.

The announcement has triggered another wave of panic buying with residents rushing to stock up on popular household items including toilet paper and cooking essentials.

At a Broadway grocery store in the Inner West, avocados were highly sought after, with crates emptying fast after the lockdown announcement.

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Panic-buying toilet paper Broadway, Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian explicitly warned against panic buying in the wake of a lockdown.

"You can go out and buy anything you need any time of the day," she said.

"We don't have curfew, we don't have anything like that.

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"Please know that this is in order for us to ensure that this doesn't take a hold for weeks and weeks."

Source: 9News

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