Australian newspaper prints blank papers to deal with toilet paper crisis

The crazed panic buying of Australians stockpiling as coronavirus hysteria grows has led to yet another violent outbreak with two women filmed fighting over toilet paper at Woolworths.

Police were called to the scene at a Woolworths store at Chullora on Saturday morning after reports a 49-year-old woman had been assaulted.

A video widely shared online shows three women pulling each other's hair and screaming as they struggle over a large pack of the highly sought-after commodity in the aisle of a grocery store in Sydney.

In the wake of panic buying of masks and toilet papers amid coronavirus scare, Australia's biggest supermarket on Wednesday announced a limit on toilet paper purchases.

NSW Police acting inspector Andrew New says such violence "won't be tolerated", and people could end up before the courts.

"There is no need for it". "It's not the Thunderdome, it's not Mad Max".

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The state is now waiting for confirmation on the positive test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). World Health Organization says that early reports suggest that illness severity is associated with age and co-morbid disease.

Two women, a mother and daughter, can be seen defending their stockpile of toilet paper - that seemingly filled a trolley to the brim - from a third woman who made an attempt to take one of the precious pack from the trolley.

The shelves of many supermarkets were stripped bare the past week as shoppers stockpiled items amid a panic about the spread of the coronavirus.

Customer notices - which have begun to be rolled out nationally - points the finger for toilet paper shortages at customers overbuying the product.

Another wrote, "Brave move trying to steal customers away from the Daily Telegraph which is normally used for toilet paper". About 70 confirmed cases have been reported from Australia.

"To help improve access to toilet paper for our customers, we are now limiting purchases to one pack per transaction, both in-store and online", a spokesperson for Coles said on Sunday.

On Thursday night, Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci told customers it was an "unusual and challenging time".

  • Darren Santiago