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‘Elevated demand’: Shoppers begin to clear shelves once again over restriction fears

Supermarkets are once again urging shoppers to buy only what they need as spikes in COVID-19 numbers drives fears that buying restrictions may be reimposed.

Thousands of Australians flocked to supermarkets at the outset of the pandemic in March and raided shelves to stock up on toilet paper and other essential items fearing supply chains may limit the amount available to consumers on a long-term basis.

Supermarkets are once again urging shoppers to buy only what they need.

Supermarkets are once again urging shoppers to buy only what they need.Credit:Facebook

It proved false, with some eager consumers attempting to return staggering volumes of toilet rolls procured amid heightened coronavirus anxiety.

There was also some evidence of renewed stockpiling, as shoppers cleared supermarket shelves of toilet paper for the first time since March.

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