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Melbourne shoppers cram stores as lockdown looms


Shoppers have been filmed lining up at a Melbourne market as the city – and the whole state of Victoria – awaits news on tough new restrictions.

It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to detail a stage 4 lockdown for the capital and new measures through regional communities, with more than 650 new cases of COVID-19 to be announced.

It’s understood that today will mark a new record number of deaths.

Racing.com editor in chief Paul Tatnell shared incredible vision on Twitter on Sunday of the South Melbourne Market.

“Lockdown panic is well and truly alive,” he said. “Shortage of meat and staples already. One shop likened it to the Christmas rush.”

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Supermarkets across the city have seen long queues of people today as news of the imminent lockdown spread.

While details are not yet confirmed, it’s believed that most retail stores and businesses will be forced to close within coming days under the new measures.

Supermarkets, considered essential services, will remain open but under strict social distancing and health rules.

The panic to stuck up on food has seen some ignore social distancing measures.

“Bloody hell. Has everyone suddenly forgotten we’re in this mess because people are congregating like this!!!!!!!! No social distancing whatsoever,” one Twitter user said after seeing Tatnell’s footage.

Images have emerged from all over Melbourne of the panic buying hitting the shelves.

There are also fears of meat shortages due to the panic-buying, spurred on by reports on the ABC that abattoirs could be shut down. Industry experts have assured consumers that this will not impact on supermarket meat supply.

Meat processing facilities have been hit by coronavirus outbreaks.

The latest figures show 99 confirmed cases are linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham, 89 cases to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown, 76 cases have to JBS in Brooklyn, 50 to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 10 cases to Don KR Castlemaine.

Indeed, Aussies seem in a rush to get their red meat before the harsher lockdown takes effect.

Yesterday, KFC has reported running out of chicken in multiple stores.

Others have used humour as a coping mechanism, to make fun of the panic-buying.

The press conference is happening soon. Victorians wait with bated breath.





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