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Coles Reintroduces Purchase Limits As Demand Soars, Includes Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Buyers will be limited to purchasing just one rapid antigen kit per customer or transaction at Coles – in addition to other meat products – as demand skyrockets across the supermarket chain.

Coles has reintroduced purchase limits for customers buying in-store and online for a number of items due to high demand, including rapid antigen test (RAT) kits.

The temporary measures come as supermarket and drugstore shelves across the country run out of rapid test kits as people are advised to use home tests as an alternative to waiting in line for a PCR swab. .

Customers will be limited to:

  • Hough COVID-19 Home Test Kit – One Pack
  • Chicken Breasts – Two Packs
  • Chicken thighs – Two packs
  • Chopped – Two packs
  • Sausages – Two packs

Package limits will be imposed on customers in all states and territories except Western Australia.

“Thanks for your patience,” Coles said. “We ask customers to continue to respect and support our team members, especially in these busier times. “

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It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that up to six million Australians would become eligible to receive up to 10 free RATS.

Following an agreement with the National Cabinet on Wednesday, concession card holders will receive the free tests over a three-month period, with the cost split 50/50 between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories.

Coles further informed customers that RATs are currently not available in many stores across Australia and are temporarily unavailable online.

“We encourage you to keep checking back when you visit your local store, customer service office, as we continue to work hard to restock the kits. “