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Woolworths announces more product restrictions as coronavirus outbreak worsens

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As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, Woolworths has announced it will ban bulk purchases of in-demand goods in an effort to reduce further stock shortages.

Woolworths restricted the purchase of more products in an effort to crack down on coronavirus panic buyers.

Thousands of shoppers around the country have flooded stores and stripped shelves of essential items such as toilet paper, pasta, and personal hygiene products as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Australia.

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Empty toilet paper shelves in Woolworths, Wetherill Park, Sydney.

As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, Woolworths has announced it will ban bulk purchases of in-demand goods in an effort to reduce further stock shortages.

The supermarket giant has introduced quantity limits on tissues, paper towel, serviettes and wipes in addition to its existing limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser and bulk packs of rice.

A dispute over toilet paper turned violent at a Sydney Woolworths.

Woolworths' current quantity restrictions are:

In a statement supplied to 9News the company has confirmed that change of mind refunds will not be available for any of these products.

"Woolworths continues to work closely with its suppliers to get even more product into stores and onto the shelves for customers as quickly as possible," the statement read.

In addition to the restrictions Woolworths have said it is working to get smaller packs of toilet paper in store to combat the current stock shortage.

"Additional orders of toilet paper continue to flow through Woolworths' store network each day," they said.

"Woolworths is working with suppliers to prioritise the production of smaller packs of toilet paper. This means more toilet paper packs will be available to more customers online and in stores from next week."

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Customers buying toilet paper at Woolworths.

9News have reached out to Coles who confirmed at this stage it only has a purchase limits on toilet paper.

Yesterday Coles, dropped the buying limit from four packs of toilet paper to one.

The number of cases of coronavirus have surged today, with the nation's confirmed case load edging closer to 200.

Three people have died from the virus in Australia.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-panic-buying-woolworths-announces-more-groceries-product-restriction-as-outbreak-worsens/dd737310-3bb6-46fd-8ea3-8f98c9f0f0be

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