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Coles introduces new purchasing restrictions as stock availability deteriorates

Coles has introduced more restrictions on purchases as the country descends into panic over a nationwide stock shortage.

Coles has imposed purchasing restrictions as more staff are forced into isolation, causing supply chain issues across the country.

Coles shoppers will now only be allowed to buy one pack of toilet paper and two packs of paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen.

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The supermarket giant issued a statement via its Facebook yesterday explaining why the new restrictions have been applied.

“Product availability in our stores has been affected due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions,” they said.

“There is no need to panic to buy – please only buy what you need. Purchase limits on certain items will apply.

“Our team is working hard during this difficult time – remember to show them the kindness and respect they truly deserve.”

Supermarkets across Australia are sporting empty shelves, like at the start of the pandemic when thousands of Australians started panic buying.

Unlike at the start of the pandemic, these empty shelves are due to staff shortages in the packaging, delivery and manufacturing sectors, as more and more people are sent into isolation with Covid or as close contacts.

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